How Planning And Development Influence The
Way We Design And Build?
Edwards Ranch : Chisholm Trail Parkway
When Cassco hired Trinity Works in April of 2002, it was to help with the impact of the proposed Southwest Freeway that the City of Fort Worth and the North Texas Toll Road Authority were beginning to make headway on. In the late 1950’s Cass Edwards had made a handshake agreement with the then Mayor of Fort Worth that if the City of Fort Worth ever need right of way for the proposed Southwest Freeway, that Cassco would have the right of way available. Almost fifty years later on a handshake, Cassco had stopped development of the Ranch in order to preserve the possibility that the City would need the road.
After looking at the preliminary alignments, Trinity Works pushed to have the road alignment shifted as it came on the property that is now Clearfork so that it was slotted up against the UPRR Davidson Yard and as far away from the Clearfork of the Trinity River as it could go. This shift in geometry opened up the majority of the 250 acres north of the river for development with access to the Trinty.
The second big change to the Parkway came in 2005 after Trinty Works began working with Cassco in a development capacity. The plans for the internal roads in what would become Clearfork had a single loaded interchange at the time called the Stonegate exit. Single loaded meant that the intersection teed into the Parkway. The shift was to move the Parkway exit further to the west to create what is now Edwards Ranch Road that opened up the land north of the tollway and added a third corner.
The last significant change to the Parkway came out of discussions with the Jacobs Engineering team that was designing the Parkway. South of the river on the east and west side of the Parkway where the Riverhills neighborhoods are now located, the Tollway was going to have to spend over 10 million dollars on box culverts to handle the stormwater from the Parkway. Riverhills was going to need to have detention ponds and park dedication land so Trinity Works worked with Dunaway, Jacobs and Studio Outside to design a series of connected ponds to create a park buffer on either side of the Parkway that handled both the drainage and created the future park areas for Riverhills. For the price of grading the ponds, NTTA saved the costs of having to build over a mile of concrete box culverts that would have intersected the river with a massive amount of storm water. The solution was a triple bottom line outcome for all parties involved.