Construction has begun on a new link in Fort Worth’s Trinity Trails network — a bridge across the Clear Fork of the Trinity River for pedestrians and cyclists between downtown and the museums of the Cultural District.
Local television station KXAS/Channel 5 aired a report Monday evening on the early stages of construction.
The design of the arch-supported “stress ribbon” bridge, said to be the first of its kind in the United States, was a collaboration of Fort Worth engineering firm Freese and Nichols, transportation architects Rosales + Partners of Boston and the structural engineering firm Schlaich Bergermann & Partner of Stuttgart, Germany.
The bridge will provide a more convenient, safe link to downtown for bicycle commuters who use the Trinity Trails.
Currently, commuters can ride to the confluence of the Clear and West forks of the Trinity River at the northern edge of downtown and climb a steep hill on North Taylor Street to reach most downtown workplaces. Or they can cross into downtown on the West Seventh Street bridge, a heavily trafficked thoroughfare for motor vehicles.
“Commuters are already using our trails, but any ability we have to increase that number is certainly beneficial to the community at large because trails are cheaper to build than roadways,” Adelaide Leavens, executive director of Streams and Valleys Inc., told KXAS.
The bridge is expected to be completed by the end of November.