Fort Worth Businesses Ready For Long Over Due Road Improvements

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Some businesses south of downtown Fort Worth in the Near Southside area are anxious about needed, upcoming, infrastructure improvements on and under their streets.

There will be construction and traffic headaches.

“The roads definitely need to be improved,” said Armam Koladia who owns a Letterpress Graphics on College Avenue.

The roads south of downtown Fort Worth are pocked with potholes, poorly patched and even unpaved.

“All these businesses are paying their taxes and the roads are not in decent shape or anywhere near decent,” Koladia said.

And the drainage and water pipes under the road are crumbling and outdated too. Starting next week ten streets will be part of a 10-month long overhaul.

It’s part of a long-term plan for the Near Southside that, interlaces construction projects through the entire area over a four-year period. And it’s what they’ve seen so far that has businesses worried.

“Knowing what happened on the other street we were just talking about, Main Street, yes. That worries me the most,” Koladia said.

The work a few blocks away on Main Street is about 6 months behind schedule due to weather and unexpected telephone equipment found underground. It’s been like this for more than a year. It’s not what their neighbors want to see when work starts on their streets.

“My main concern will be about how much time will it take and the plan,” Koladia said.

“I’m always reminding people that these are short term things,” said Council Member Ann Zadeh, representative for the area. “And once it’s over, we’re going to have a beautiful street that’s going to be smooth and much more easily and safely traveled upon.”

City plans call for the work on this phase of construction in Near Southside to last until June of next year, barring any unforeseen problems or bad weather.

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