Morton, Bledsoe, Norwood and Foch streets in the West Seventh Street core will be converted to one-way streets beginning Monday, July 16. This traffic change is designed to help with crowd control, improve access for emergency vehicles and reduce vehicle-pedestrian conflicts.
Both vehicular and pedestrian traffic should watch for new signage and street markings in order to navigate the area while traffic gets familiar with the new flow.
More changes are planned for the area in upcoming months that will go a long way toward improving the safety, walkability and accessibility of the thriving West Seventh Street neighborhood, one of Fort Worth’s fastest growing areas.
City staff worked with 26 businesses, three civic organizations, three neighborhood associations and other stakeholders to develop a slate of recommendations:
West Seventh Street improvements
The voter-approved 2018 bond program will provide $8 million to improve the right-of-way from the Trinity River west to University Drive for motorists, pedestrians, cyclists and transit users.
Community meetings are scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Monday, July 30, Monday, Aug. 6 and Thursday, Aug. 16 at the University of North Texas, Health Science Center Carl E. Everett Education & Administration Building Room 406, located at 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd. so residents can learn more about the proposed improvements.
Proposed improvements include upgraded traffic and pedestrian signals and railroad crossing, shared bus/bike lanes, a landscaped median, mid-block crosswalks with pedestrian islands, and sidewalk and street light improvements.
Priorities include filling gaps in the existing sidewalk network, building sidewalks where none exist and repairs to sidewalks. The cost is expected to be about $1 million, and construction will begin in November 2018 and run through May 2019.
Farrington Field parking
Pay parking at the Fort Worth school district’s Farrington Field is already in place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Under a new agreement, 400 spaces of free parking will be available 24 hours a day beginning in early August. This effort is funded by the West Seventh Restaurant and Bar Association.
The city is installing up to 250 parking meters in July in and near the West Seventh Urban Village core. Parking fees will be in effect from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. The meters are expected to pay for themselves in the first year of operation.
The Dash circulator bus
Beginning in spring 2019, an electric bus circulator, called The Dash, with proposed hours of 10 a.m.-10 p.m. weekdays and until 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, will begin operations. The route will link Currie Street to downtown destinations, the Intermodal Transportation Center and the Cultural District.
Annual operating cost is placed at $1.4 million. Trinity Metro will fund 75 percent, and the City of Fort Worth has committed $150,000 per year for three years.
Additional Fort Worth Police officers will be assigned to the West Division for a four-month trial, from May through August 2018, to assist in the West Seventh area. In addition, a police substation will open at the nearby Montgomery Plaza.
“We know that these improvements will not please everyone all the time, but we will continue to be an advocate for everyone who lives, works and plays in this area,” District 9 Councilmember Ann Zadeh said. “Our hope is that we can continue to take care of any concerns that arise during this process.”