USACE awards $9.6M contract for Modified Central City south bypass channel design

Fort Worth District, USACE
Published July 21, 2023
Drillers operate equipment along the Trinity River in Fort Worth, Texas.

Driller Chris Bean waits to receive pipping while Lead Driller Dallas Spencer operates the controls in June while conducting soil borings along the Trinity River near downtown Fort Worth. The Fort Worth District Geotechnical Branch and in-house drill crew conducted supplemental site investigation along the south bypass channel alignment for the Modified Central City Project.

USACE awards $9.6M contract for Modified Central City south bypass channel design

Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, awarded an architect-engineer contract totaling $9.6 million to continue and complete the design of the south bypass channel in support of the Modified Central City Project.

The A-E contract was awarded to CDM-Stanley Joint Venture – the team who previously developed the bypass channel design and piers already constructed under White Settlement Road and Henderson Street bridges. The work includes updating and completing the design of the south bypass channel, which is approximately 4,500 feet of the overall 8,400 feet of bypass channel.

“With this contract award, we now have the entire bypass channel under design,” said Kalli Egan, the Program Manager from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  “This is a key milestone for our team that keeps us on a path to deliver on our commitments to our stakeholders.”

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 isolation gates, 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

Clayton Church
819 Taylor St, Ste 3A24, Fort Worth, TX 76102

Release no. 23-026