Ask Como residents about Horne Street and they will share safety concerns like speeding in the school zone and a lack of traffic lights along that corridor.
After all, there is only one red light along the street.
“All the traffic that comes through and specifically by the school is ridiculous because people don’t slow down,” said life-long resident Wanda Bohannan, 71.
Bohannan came to a public forum Aug. 8 about the Horne Street Streetscape project to see what the city of Fort Worth could offer.
“I heard a lot of things and rumors about what people are going to do. I wanted to come and see myself what is going to go in and give my input,” she said.
City staff is soliciting input and feedback from the community at large. The project stretches from Camp Bowie Boulevard to West Vickery Boulevard. Possible improvements include expanding the road to three lanes, improving traffic signals, adding on-street parking and bike lanes, and developing pedestrian amenities.
Improving safety near the school is also a priority for the city as it gathers feedback.
“Safety means slow it down, and it doesn’t matter that there are signs there that say speed limit 20 slow, you still have people zipping through,” said 72-year old Ella Burton. “The concern is the kids crossing the street as well as the crossing guards. We’ve had crossing guards actually be bumped here.”
This complete revitalization and beautification effort has been planned since 2017, said Shweta Rao, engineer with the city of Fort Worth’s Transportation and Public Works Department. A $9 million federal block grant will fund the streetscape improvement.
“Considering the possible development that we could provide with the revitalization, (Horne Street) was considered as an important location to start design and construction on this project,” Rao said.
This project is not only about improving safety along Horne Street but also beautifying it, Burton said.
“We want to mimic some of the things that we’ve seen in other areas like the Magnolia strip, like the Rosedale strip, Race Street, and other places,” she said.
The last major work done on Horne Street was the installation of streetlights along the corridor back in 2017, said Scott Arnold, project manager at Kimley-Horn, the engineering firm contracted for this project. These additional street lights helped improve safety for motorists and pedestrians, he said.
But Dorothy DeBous, 76, said the corridor still needs more street lights so residents can feel safe when they are walking around at night.
“I would like for my area to improve the look down Horne Street the same way they’ve done on the Southside,” DeBous said. “And for some reason in our neighborhood, they only put lights on one damn side of the street.”
The city of Fort Worth and Kimley-Horn have not finalized the scope of the project yet, which will be determined based on gathered public input.
The breadth of the project will be narrowed down around one to two months after receiving input. Estimated construction start date is summer 2025, Rao said.
Sandra Sadek is a Report for America corps member, covering growth for the Fort Worth Report. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @ssadek19.
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