The Benbrook City Council has plans to build a bridge large enough for full public access spanning the Clear Fork Trinity River connecting I-20/820 access road to Bellaire Drive South
The Clear Fork Bridge will increase traffic and crime in Mont Del Estates. Legend and Crosslands Roads will become a traffic cut-through to avoid Bryant Irvin traffic, therefore reducing quality of life for all of Mont Del residents.
The Clear Fork Bridge will be at least 2 lanes wide or at least 25 feet wide, and must support over 82,000 lbs. The standard traffic lane width in the U.S is 12 feet wide.
The 2016 Benbrook Fire, EMS, and Police, response times to NE Benbrook were better than national average despite being understaffed.
Hence, city services are provided by the City of Benbrook, as that is the entity for which property taxes are levied. This proves an advantage to the neighborhood, as Benbrook water is typically ranked near the top in the State in its quality, and the emergency response times for police and fire are excellent.
Wes Myers - Mont Del Estates HOA President- Pesidents letter to Mont Del Estates
Neither the Benbrook Mayor nor the Benbrook City council can be legally bound to keep the Clear Fork Bridge for emergency access only. A contract of this nature would not provide any guarantee as to the bridge’s future use.
The Benbrook city council contracted a feasibility study by Freese and Nichols after recieving pressure from area neighborhoods. Freese and Nichols has been involved other development projects in southwest Ft Worth.
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On January 12th, 2017 the Benbrook Texas Zoning and Planning Commission unanimously approved a resolution to build a bridge large enough for public access to cross the Clear Fork Trinity River. The Clear Fork Public Access Bridge is slated to begin construction in 2019-2020. The bridge will be designated for "emergency" use until the city council opens it for public use. The Benbrook City Council quietly approved $530,000 of tax payer money in March of 2017 for the Clear Fork Bridge Project. The Benbrook City Council has plans to spend at least $1.5 million dollars plus federal funds to build a bridge large enough for public access to cross the Clear Fork Trinity River and tie into Bellaire Drive S.
This is a paragraph out of the January 12th 2017 Benbrook Zoning Commission meeting.
Mr. Ramsey asked why the Clear Fork Bridge will be for emergency personnel only and not open to the public. Mr. Bennett said that a full public access bridge has been considered for a number of years, but because of public opposition against building a full public access bridge, a decision was made to limit access to only emergency personnel at this time. However, staff is hopeful that the neighborhood opposition will subside once the bridge is completed. Mr. Bennett said the city is planning to build the bridge wide enough to accommodate full public access should the city desire to open the bridge to the public at some point in future.
Does the Benbrook City Council need to build the Clear Fork Public Access Bridge to generate commercial interest in the developments off the I-20/820 access road?
If the Clear Fork Bridge is about emergency response time. Why didn't the city of Benbrook consult with the Mont Del HOA when they approved $530,000 to the Clear Fork Bridge project in April of 2017, or when they ear marked over $1.5 million in 2017?
Please contact all of our Benbrook City Council members to voice your concerns or ideas about the Clear Fork Bridge Project.
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