Fort Worth Construction Projects Move Forward

With the shroud of the pandemic lifted, construction in fort worth projects that were paused or stalled during the pandemic are moving forward. And a slew of new projects will soon be reshaping downtown Fort Worth.

In April, the long-awaited $53 million Hemphill Street Connector opened to traffic, linking downtown with the city’s near southside. It’s a feat that required building under Interstate 30, four Union Pacific railroad tracks, and tunneling through limestone with limited overhead clearance. McCarthy Building Companies of Dallas and their subcontractors completed the project ahead of schedule.

A major renovation of the Fort Worth Convention Center begins in August and is expected to be complete by 2026. The first phase will add state-of-the-art food and beverage facilities, demolish an outdated 1983 annex, increase the convention’s loading docks from seven to 11, realign Commerce Street to the east and create a site pad for a future hotel.

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More high-rise buildings are coming to downtown, with the Novo 969 residential tower expected to be completed this year. The Grayson on 4th multifamily tower will also be finished this year, and developer Catalyst Urban Development says its $50 million Burnett Lofts will deliver its 330 units by the end of the year.

Drivers on University Drive should be prepared for some delays as construction begins Monday on a project that will improve safety on the busy campus boulevard. The work will reduce the number of lanes to two from four and add a median, bike lanes and a traffic signal. But locals like Roberto and Jennifer Flores say it won’t change their routine at Ol’ South Pancake House.

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