To address resident concerns about poor pavement marking and broken streetlights, Fort Worth City Council committed more money in the fiscal 2023 budget to replace or refresh markings and repair bad streetlights. To date, city crews’ efforts are proceeding ahead of schedule.

Of the approximately 1,650 miles of pavement markings citywide, the city expects to replace or refresh 550 miles in fiscal year 2023 and finish up the rest of the markings in fiscal years 2024 and 2025. According to a city press release, crews were expected to have 57 miles of markings complete in the first quarter of fiscal 2023. Instead, they completed 100 miles.

Of the 1,795 streetlight repair requests received between Oct. 1 and Jan. 12, 88% are repaired, according to the city.

Streetlight crews have been increased from nine to 12, and additional contractors are in place, helping to speed up repairs. Repairs have also been made to more than 470 streetlights along Loop 820, U.S. 287, I-20 and I-30, according to a city press release.

City crews will also convert 7,243 streetlights, which are spread across 30 neighborhoods in all council districts, to LED over the next four years. This year, focus is on changing streetlights in Alamo Heights, Carver Heights East, Glencrest Civic League, Historic Southside and Ridgmar. Funding for this $12 million project is being provided by American Rescue Plan Act funds.

“We’re now updating at a pace of a three-year cycle,” said William Johnson, an assistant city manager for the city. “It will take three years to get through everything in the city, but you are going to visibly see differences now.”