On the way down while other properties on the way up

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The old Lockheed Martin building in Westpoint is all but gone. Only a portion of the hull remains, and that will be gone in just days. Over the past several months, demolition workers have been sorting and hauling off the concrete and steel that once made this one of the most secure buildings in the country. In 1991, situated on 65 acres, Building 500 was a state-of-the-art 4-story facility. Still no word on what’s to come. Contact with the property owner only gets a “No comment” to all our questions, but we’ll keep trying.

For residents living in the Westpoint area of west Fort Worth, several large properties that have been vacant for years are now under contract to be sold. The developers have all filled out pre-application paperwork with The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs for housing tax credits and are showing that they will be building multi-family housing units on the properties. Continue reading

Electrical lines relocation delays Chapel Creek Bridge project

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Electrical lines that are located over Interstate 30 at the Chapel Creek Bridge need to be relocated before the bridge project can get underway.
Oncor crews are working on the power line relocation. However, the Texas Department of Transportation has delayed the contractor bid opening until November 2016. That means construction is now anticipated to begin February 2017.
The existing two-lane bridge will be replaced with a new six-lane bridge over I-30. A turnaround bridge will also be constructed on the east side of the new bridge.

Office building for Lockheed under demolition

A permit for complete demolition of building number 500 was issued by the City of Fort Worth. The fate of the two other buildings on the property is undetermined at this time.

A permit for complete demolition of building number 500 was issued by the City of Fort Worth. The fate of the two other buildings on the property is undetermined at this time.

An abundance of phone calls and e-mails have flooded The Grizzly Detail Newspaper wanting to know what is happening at the old Lockheed Martin facility in Westpoint. Lockheed didn’t own but rented the space for many years. Here’s what we know folks.  Continue reading

Cherry Lane remains closed as construction continues

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by A.C. Hall

The remediation process to clean up the fuel contamination along Cherry Lane continues as the emergency crew from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is still on site working. Discovered by a contractor doing road work in January, the soil contamination has caused the complete shutdown of the southern section of Cherry Lane. Continue reading

Update: Funding projections for Jacksboro Hwy makeover

State Representative Charlie Geren and TxDOT Engineer Brian Barth address a crowd of citizens and reporters near the Lake Worth bridge on Jacksboro Highway.

State Representative Charlie Geren and TxDOT Engineer Brian Barth address a crowd of citizens and reporters near the Lake Worth bridge on Jacksboro Highway.

by Ben Posey

State officials plan to improve safety on six miles of Texas 199, a corridor that many Fort Worth drivers refer to as one of the most dangerous in the region. Continue reading

Benbrook plans projects for next several years, sees updates

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by A.C. Hall

At their February meeting the Benbrook City Council considered an annual update to the capital improvements program section of their comprehensive plan.  This is done yearly and gives the City a plan on the projects they will focus on in the near future.
An overview of the projects that have been completed in the current comprehensive plan was given.  These included road extensions, alley system construction, and erosion projects.  One project from the current comprehensive plan that is still ongoing is the overhaul of Benbrook Boulevard/377. Continue reading

City approves funding for Chapel Creek Bridge project

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Funding is lined up for the expansion of the Chapel Creek Boulevard bridge over Interstate 30.
The city council passed a funding agreement with TxDOT to help fund the nearly $14 million project. TxDOT will be contributing $591,924, while the city is contributing about $4 million. The rest of the funding comes from the Federal Highway Administration.
The city plans to expand the bridge on Chapel Creek Boulevard from two lanes to four lanes and also add two left turn lanes and a U-turn lane. Construction is expected to begin in the fall and finish in Spring 2018.

Funding sought for Jacksboro Highway improvements

State Representative Charlie Geren and TxDOT Engineer Brian Barth address a crowd of citizens and reporters near the Lake Worth bridge on Jacksboro Highway.

State Representative Charlie Geren and TxDOT Engineer Brian Barth address a crowd of citizens and reporters near the Lake Worth bridge on Jacksboro Highway.

Some survivors of serious accidents and a group of elected officials in Northwest Tarrant County including State Rep. Charlie Geren and the Mayor of Lake Worth  will make a plea to the Texas Department of Transportation for a share of $1.3 billion being made available to ease traffic congestion. Continue reading

Contaminated soil discovered in White Settlement

 

 

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As work was getting underway last week on the final portion of Cherry Lane that is getting overhauled the contractor carrying out the work contacted the City with a potential issue. On January 13, the contractor reported the possibility of contaminated soil in the area of the 2000 block of South Cherry Lane. Public Works Director Robert Smith met with the contractor, then contacted the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, who confirmed that a fuel contamination was present at the location. TCEQ sent an emergency crew to the area and is handling the remediation of this issue. Continue reading