October 24, 2015 at 1:08pm
As a Councilman I’m often asked a wide variety of questions. I do my best to answer as many questions as I can and do so with the utmost accuracy. In the process I’ve learned a lot by simply researching each question and getting back with those in the community.
As you might imagine, many of the questions I get pertain to construction projects happening around town and the seemingly never-ending road maintenance projects. In researching many of these types of questions I have found an excellent City of FW resource that goes a long way in helping us with our questions..
The following are some frequently asked questions pertaining to Fort Worth’s infrastructure improvement projects.
How do I find out what construction work is being done?
For all neighborhood construction projects, residents and businesses will be notified prior to the start of construction. This notice will include:
- Information about upcoming projects
- Name and phone number of city project manager and inspector
- Projected timeline for construction
- Website project page information
The size of the project and weather conditions may impact the actual number of days construction will last. Residents will be notified if there are significant changes have not received notification, contact the project man- FortWorthTexas.Gov/projects or call Customer Service at 817-392-1234.
What hours are contractors allowed to work on utility, street or water/sewer line construction? Can the hours be changed?
Most crews will work from 7a.m. until 7p.m., Monday – Friday, and sometimes Saturdays, until the project is complete. Hours may change for special construction circumstances.
Who is responsible for moving utility service lines?
City staff will relocate water, sanitary sewer and drainage moving and maintaining electric, gas, cable and telephone service lines. Whenever possible the city works with private utilities prior to construction to minimize the impact on residents.
Why is asphalt used instead of concrete?
The city uses both concrete and asphalt in street reconstruction. Factors considered include available funding, traffic levels and vehicle types accessing the roadway. Asphalt is a widely used material because it is durable and economical.
How do I request new or replacement of sidewalks?
For information about sidewalks that are not part of the current construction project, please contact the Transportation and Public Works Department's Traffic Management Division at 817-392-2891
If there is construction work on my street, will I have access to my driveway?
The work crew will try to ensure you have access to your driveway at all times. However, there may be periods during the process that driveway access may be affected. There will also be times during the construction work when you will not be able to park your vehicle on the street. You will receive notice of this prior to that stage in the construction process.
What if the construction project affects my property?
Prior to construction beginning on any project, city staff will video the project’s existing conditions. If construction affects or causes damage to your personal property, the city will require the contractor to make all reasonable efforts to restore your affected property to its preexisting condition or better. This includes replacement of trees, grass or shrubs beyond the city right of way that were removed or badly damaged as a result of the construction and reparation or replacement of damaged sprinkler system components and other personal property. The city will replace or repair address or street markers that are historically valuable. However, limited city funds make it impossible for the city to replace every affected address or street marker. manager or inspector immediately.
Will it be necessary for a city employee or construction worker to have access to my property?
Depending on the type of project, a city employee may need to access your property. However, there should be no reason to enter your residence. A Right of Entry Form must be signed by you or the property owner before the contractor or a city employee can access the property.
I Hope these answers have helped to answer some of your questions. If not, I’ve included one last catch-all answer to the question of:
Who can I call if I have any additional questions or concerns?
If you have questions or concerns about a project you can always contact me. If you’d like to go straight to the source you’ll want to call the project manager. Their contact information can be found on the city’s website at FortWorthTexas.Gov/projects or by calling Customer Service at 817-392-1234.