Grapevine City Council approved a $1.2 million grant program March 2 to assist with the reconstruction of two blocks of East Worth Street over the course of two summers.
The proposed 47th- and 48th-year Community Development Block Grant program, in conjunction with Tarrant County, will focus on the 600 and 700 blocks of East Worth Street, stretching from Austin Street to Ruth Street. These two blocks run adjacent to the Grapevine Faith Christian School’s elementary and junior high campus.
“We're just going to rebuild the street. [It’s] in kind of poor shape,” Grapevine Public Works Director Bryan Beck said.
According to city documents, the project will focus on concrete paving, gutters, sidewalks, handicap ramps and driveway approaches. It will also replace and lower a 6-inch waterline in the 600 block of East Worth Street.
“These improvements will contribute to the upgrade of the ares by providing an improved travel surface for motorists and pedestrians in the neighborhood as well as improved water quality and fire protection for the area,” city documents stated.
The project will be funded over the course of two years for a grand total of $1.265 million. Tarrant County is expected to provide $480,000 over those two years, and the city of Grapevine will provide $785,000. The city’s portion will come from the Capital Project Street Fund in the city budget. Any costs that exceed the grant amount will be covered by the city of Grapevine.
The Community Development Block Grant is a program run by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. It provides annual grants on a formula basis to cities, counties and states to address a wide range of unique community development needs.
Beck said construction will begin in summer 2022. However, some utility work and design will be done in summer 2021.
“We’re trying to clear the franchise utilities this summer while we're doing the design [for the road],” Beck told City Council on March 2. He said the actual reconstruction of the road will take place between mid-April and mid-August of 2022.