Fort Worth To Apply For "Complete Streets" Grants

Alan Scaia
October 30, 2018 - 7:21 am
Horne Street Fort Worth

Credit: Alan Scaia, 1080 KRLD

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FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - The Fort Worth City Council will vote Tuesday to apply for grants to make improvements to several city streets.

About $16 million would be used for "Complete Streets" projects on University Drive and Horne Street.

Fort Worth's Complete Streets Projects aim to make streets more accessible to walkers and cyclists. The city would use money to add sidewalks and space for bicycles.

This week, Fort Worth broke ground on a new community center in the Como neighborhood along Horne.

"Horne Street has been one of those main drags through Fort Worth that used to be really vibrant," says Mayor Betsy Price. "Gradually, just with age, it just deteriorated a little bit."

The city council will vote to apply for $7.8 million for improvements on Horne and $8 million on University.

"I feel certain we'll get it. I don't see any reason we wouldn't," Price says. "That'll give us a chance to landscape and put in sidewalks, to get it where people are out, and it's open, so it's not just undesirable shops. We'll have more restaurants, and things like that. It'll be great."

The city would also ask for grants to make improvements at an intersection near Meacham Airport and a railroad crossing at Heritage Trace Parkway. The grants would come from North Central Texas Council of Governments and Texas Department of Transportation.