Long-awaited bridge near downtown Fort Worth finally opens to traffic
After six years of construction, a long-awaited and much-maligned “bridge to nowhere” can finally take drivers somewhere. The White Settlement Road bridge northwest of downtown was officially opened to traffic on Friday April 2nd. It should connect the city center with Panther Island.
“It’s not just Good Friday, it’s a great Friday too! White Settlement Rd. Bridge on Panther Island is open to traffic!” The Panther Island – Central City Flood Project posted casually on April 2nd at 5:50 pm on Facebook.
The owners of Angelo’s Barbecue alerted their social media followers Friday afternoon that the bridge had finally opened. A Facebook post that read “THE BRIDGE IS OPEN !!!!!!!!” garnered about 200 comments and 170 shares.
Then, from April 5-10, they offered $ 3 worth of minced beef sandwiches and $ 3 worth of beers to celebrate the opening of the bridge and thank the loyal customers.
Angelo’s was one of several restaurants and shops along White Settlement Road near Henderson Avenue whose business was badly affected by ongoing construction blocking the street.
Officials at M2G Ventures, developers of the nearby Foundry District near White Settlement Road on Carroll Street, were delighted that the new bridge would provide other ways for customers to access the district’s restaurants, shops, and events.
“The Foundry District is thrilled that the long-awaited White Settlement Bridge is open to the public,” it said in a statement to CultureMap on Monday, which is sure to see a significant increase in through traffic and pedestrian traffic as visitors can now easily get into the city center and get on and off from the city center. The opening of the bridge has been eagerly awaited in recent years and is an integral infrastructure not just for the Foundry District businesses but for the entire city of Fort Worth. “
White Settlement is one of three bridges being built as part of the $ 1.17 billion Panther Island project. Work began in November 2015 and should be completed by 2018, but construction delays pushed it open for years, eventually until early 2021.
According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the North Main and Henderson bridges are also due to open in the coming months.