TCU campus construction to permanently close two roadways

The geographic footprint of TCU’s campus continues to evolve.

There are numerous capital projects currently underway, including a new Neeley School of Business, a Fine Arts Building, two new residence halls in Worth Hills and the new Administration Building. With these projects come changes to both vehicle and pedestrian pathways, as well as parking.

Highlights of upcoming construction activities include:

    Pre-demolition activities in the former Human Resources and Opera/Percussion buildings along Berry Street are complete, and the university has begun razing the buildings.

    In preparation for a new Administration Building, Wabash Avenue between Berry Street and Bellaire Drive North will permanently close Feb. 18, and Bellaire Drive North, from Rogers Avenue to South Drive, will permanently close Feb. 25.

    A new entrance to the Tom Brown/Pete Wright visitors parking lot will open Feb. 25.



New flood warning website helps protect lives, property


 Fort Worth’s new flood warning information web page is designed to provide real-time flood warning risk levels to protect people from hazardous flood conditions.

The flood warning information is generated from monitored low-water road crossing flashers at 52 locations throughout the city, which warns drivers in the immediate area of a flood hazard by flashing warning lights. At the same time, text and email alerts to emergency responders are issued when water-level sensors of each flasher system are triggered by rising water.

The new website shows drivers in real time whether the road crossing near their home, workplace, school or any location on their commute, is a flood risk before they even arriving at the location.

The real-time conditions will indicate either:


  •  No known threat (“NONE”), in green.
  •  Potential conditions for flooding (“CAUTION”), in yellow.
  •  Or that the road crossing has overtopped with water (“AVOID”), in red.


A grant from the Texas Water Development Board provided development support for system improvements, and stormwater utility fees funded the project. too.

One of the benefits of the flood warning system is that weather data (mainly rainfall) is collected at 39 existing and 20 new dedicated weather stations, along with stations belonging to regional partners. This real-time weather data helps to better predict the movement and intensity of rainfall coming into Fort Worth, which allows for advance warning as storms head our direction.

To learn more, contact Jennifer Dyke at 817-392-2714.

Learn about Texas Transportation Plan at Feb. 21 open house

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is hosting a series of open house-style public meetings to solicit input to guide the development of the Texas Transportation Plan (TTP) 2050 — the state’s multi-modal, long-range transportation plan.

A regional meeting is planned for 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 21 at the North Central Texas Council of Governments, 616 Six Flags Drive in Arlington.

The TTP 2050 will serve as TxDOT’s blueprint to guide collaborative planning efforts with stakeholders to address the state’s transportation needs, and to accomplish the goals in TxDOT’s strategic plan. The TTP 2050 will include strategies for the development, construction and implementation of projects and services for all transportation modes, including roadways, aviation, public transportation, bicycle and pedestrian, waterways and coastal waters, and freight and passenger rail.

At the open house, residents can review displays, talk with staff and provide input. Feedback will help TxDOT develop priorities for the plan.

Fort Worth Public Library launches strategic plan, new mission & vision

The Fort Worth Public Library has launched its Strategic Services Plan 2019-2021 with a new mission and vision for programs and services after the Fort Worth City Council approved the Library’s plan Feb. 5.

“After a year’s worth of work, it is thrilling to unveil our new mission, vision and goals,” said Fort Worth Public Library Director Manya Shorr. “We have worked so hard with our staff and community partners to figure out who we want to be in the future, and how to best serve our community.”

Reflective of the innovative and pioneering spirit of Fort Worth, the Library’s mission is to build a community of learners, dreamers and doers. Keeping in mind that the City of Fort Worth is one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation, the mission reflects the diverse personalities and needs within the city.

“Our vision is to evolve into a place that residents feel is truly ‘theirs’. We are committed to becoming a community gathering place for learning, self-discovery, shared experiences and personal growth,” said Shorr. “We know that the library is a transformative place that empowers entrepreneurs, inspires life-long learners, is a haven for those who want to escape into a great book, and we have the potential to be so much more.”

More than just lofty ideas, the plan crafted over the past year was born of extensive research, one-on-one interviews, community-based meetings, surveys and more than 1,600 hours of work poured into a roadmap that should guide the Library to meet the needs of the 15th largest city in the U.S.

Individual residents, business owners and organizations may wonder what this plan means to them. The Library already has on the horizon new branch locations, co-locations with organizations, expanded hours of service, increased access to new technology, updated adult programming and reducing fines and fees — all in 2019.

In a city comprised of diverse neighborhoods and niche communities, the Library can mean different things to each of them. Shorr, Library leaders and members of the Library Advisory Board will spend time over the next few months connecting with residents through a series of talks and presentations across Fort Worth. More information about the plan, the direction of programs and services and about upcoming speaking engagements is available online.

Handley Resident announces his intent to run for District 5

Handley Neighborhood Association hosted a meet the candidate session on Saturday, January 12, for Eastside community leaders (neighborhood associations presidents) to meet Thomas Brown, a Landscape Architect.

He met with residents to determine what was not working for them in District 5, and what they would like to see improved  by a new city council representative.

Brown is the VP of Handley Neig Ass and works with East Side Blossoms, designing the tree plantings, and was very active in the stop the concrete plant issue eastside faced down last year. He is involved in all things HNA, and the neighborhood association is thrilled to have someone from their neighborhood run for this office.

District 5 has multiple candidates filing to run against incumbent Gyna Bivens. In addition to Thomas Brown, President Judy Taylor reports that Tammy Pierce and Bob Willoughby are in the process of filing, and otheres have expressed interest.

 The D5 Candidate Forum to introduce and learn of candidates for the May city leadership race willl be on Friday, March 1,  6pm at TCC Opportunity Center, 5901 Fitzhugh, just south of Ramey west of 820.

Handley hopes the Handley Rec Center is open in March for their monthly meetings.


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