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Modified Central City Project receives $20M in FY 2024 Work Plan

By May 15, 2024

On May 13, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers delivered its Fiscal Year 2024 Work Plan for the Army Civil Works program to Congress.

The USACE, Fort Worth District’s Modified Central City project received an additional $20M to continue the design of the project, which will include Samuels Avenue Dam, Marine Creek Dam and Channel Expansion, West Fork Maintenance/Pedestrian Bridge, Rockwood Park Ecosystem Restoration, and Gateway/Oxbow Ecosystem Restoration.  With this funding, design for all major components can be completed.

These funds are part of the now $443 million of total Federal funding the project has received over the last three years.  These four design efforts will add to the additional ongoing designs of the North Bypass Channel, South Bypass Channel, Rockwood Park Valley Storage, University Drive Valley Storage, Oxbow Site E Valley Storage, Trinity Point, Clear Fork, and Tarrant Regional Water District Flood Gates and TRWD Pump Station, and all aquatic habitat mitigation.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Program Manager, Kalli Egan, stated “The momentum of this project continues to build with the receipt of funding necessary to design the remaining critical components of the project. We anticipate awarding at least three additional engineering and design contracts and, in cooperation with TRWD, will rely on our industry partners to help us continue moving this important project forward.”

The Fort Worth Floodway levees were originally constructed by local community interests in response to flooding events in the early 1900s.  This system was modified in the 1950’s and incorporated as a congressionally authorized project.  The Fort Worth Floodway is a federally authorized and non-federally operated and maintained, urban flood risk management system. The current system, as we know it today, was constructed in the 1960s.  As a result of congressionally authorized floodway studies, it was determined that modifications (as defined by the Modified Central City Project) are required to reduce flood risk.

The project is in Fort Worth, Texas. The Modified Central City Project has various components including an approximate 8,400-foot bypass channel, three flood gates, one pump station, two dams (Samuels Avenue and Marine Creek), and valley storage mitigation sites (Gateway Park, Ham Branch, Riverside Park, Rockwood Park West, Samuels Avenue, and University Drive) to provide flood risk management functions along the Clear Fork and West Fork of the Trinity River.

Additional Trinity River Vision/Central City Project information is available at and city/.

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Lake Current Level Conservation Level* Level Difference**
Arlington 549.37 550.00 -0.63
Benbrook 692.73 694.00 -1.27
Bridgeport 825.91 836.00 -10.09
Cedar Creek 321.78 322.00 -0.22
Eagle Mountain 646.98 649.10 -2.12
Lake Worth 591.84 594.00 -2.16
Richland-Chambers 315.32 315.00 0.32
*Conservation Level: The permitted level of water an entity is allowed to hold in a lake. Any amount above the conservation level is used for the temporary storage of flood waters and must be released downstream.
**Difference: Amount above or below conservation level.
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