The East Rosedale Renovation, a 20 year project-in-the making, is set to break ground in March 2013.
The renovation includes two roundabouts located at Miller Avenue and Ayers Avenue, more than 250 new trees, 130 new street lights, 65 pedestrian lights, enhanced paving at seven key intersections, parallel parking and public art spaces.
The renovations also include a sustainability portion, a section composed of green scenery to highlight the environment, will be constructed directly in front of Texas Wesleyan University from Nashville Avenue to Collard Street.
These new enhancements are integrated with Wesleyan’s new master plan. Wesleyan’s master plan is designed to insure the quality and safety of the university for the students, faculty and staff.
President Frederick Slabach introduced the master plan to students and faculty when he arrived at Wesleyan in 2011.
The renovation is divided into two phases. Phase 1 consists of renovations from US 287 to Miller Avenue and has a total budget of $15.5 million. Funding for phase 1 is provided by the city of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. Funding for the sustainability portion of phase 1 is funded by a grant from North Central Texas Council of Governments and Texas Wesleyan, the total cost is $1.8 million.
Phase 2 consists of renovations from Miller Avenue to Stalcup Road. Phase 2 has a budget of $16.1 million and will be administered by the Texas Department of Transportation. All renovations are expected to be completed by November 2014.
Jim Walker, assistant director for the transportation and public works department for the city of Fort Worth, said this project idea was originally conceived in the 1980s but had to be postponed due to the constant change in cost. The first design to reconstruct Rosedale Street was developed in 1995 and later adapted in 2003.
“This project was so complex,” Walker said. “We knew we wanted to fix Rosedale, the only problem was how we were going to pay for it.”
After years of planning the East Rosedale project is now finishing the design phase and ready to begin with construction. Construction will begin in March 2013 and is expected to finish in November 2014. Lanes will be reduced and narrowed during these 21 months of construction.
“Construction will be an inconvenience,” Walker said. But he thinks it will be worth it in the long run. “It’s going to enhance the environment.”
Chris Bosco, project manager for Freese and Nichols Inc., has been working on the design portion of this project since January.
Bosco said his biggest challenge so far has been making sure he integrates the vision the community has for East Rosedale. Bosco said a lot of planning went into the design. He met with advisory groups that included residents from the community, Texas Wesleyan and the city of Fort Worth, and during these meetings they all gave their input. Although no Wesleyan students were present during these meetings, Bosco said he plans to invite students in the future.
Bosco also said the new construction offers significant safety improvements. He said there will be safer roads for students with safer crossings in addition to looking aesthetically pleasing.
“Students coming to visit the school will be very impressed,” Bosco said.
Laura Alexander, senior political science major and Student Government president, said she thinks this is a good opportunity for new venues to come to the area.
“We offer great things on campus,” Alexander said. “But it’s always good to have more venues to choose from to grab lunch or dinner.”
Alexander also said the new renovations will add more scenery to Texas Wesleyan.
“It gives students the chance to really enjoy the area and not just drive through to get to school,” Alexander said. “I’m really excited and thankful.”
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