The city is on track to start the controversial Forest Park Boulevard “Road Diet” restriping project in June or July, with completion done by August, Fort Worth’s transportation and public works director, Doug Wiersig, told council members Tuesday.
The project would turn Forest Park between West Rosedale Street and Park Hill Drive on the Near South Side into one traffic lane in both directions, plus a two-way center turn lane, and bike lanes on both sides. Currently, the street is two lanes in both directions.
The Berkeley and Mistletoe Heights neighborhood associations sought the road diet to reduce speeds and traffic accidents. Councilman Jungus Jordan, whose district includes major roadways in southwest Fort Worth that make Forest Park part of a diagonal arterial, has sought to delay the Forest Park project until the Chisholm Trail is complete in 2014.
The city will re-evaluate the restriping three months after it’s done to ensure it’s working, Wiersig said.
Mayor Betsy Price noted the project will coincide with the summer’s re-opening of the Forest Park Pool., which will generate pedestrian traffic on the boulevard.
“This is a striping project,” she said. “If it doesn’t work in three months, it can be re-evaluated. I think this’ll go a long way with helping the issues on Forest Park.”
- Scott Nishimura, Star-Telegram Fort Worth City Hall reporter