August 10, 2017

Neighborhood Updates: Traffic on Sylvania, West Nile Virus

Sign the Petition: "Make North Sylvania Ave safer NOW!"

ONA Vice President Jan Buck authored the following petition:

The city of Fort Worth plans to reconfigure several blocks of N Sylvania Ave. near the proposed urban village. The street will have one lane in either direction with a turn lane in the middle. The goal is to create a safer, walkable, pedestrian friendly environment encouraging residents to frequent the future shops and restaurants. However, after these few blocks, N Sylvania would widen back to a 4 lane straightaway that spans almost 2 miles with 1 stoplight. Homes, churches, a school, and small businesses front this section of the street where the average speed is 40-50 mph despite the 35 mph speed limit. Many of the Oakhurst, Sylvan Heights, and Vintage Riverside residents wanting to walk to the urban village would use this stretch of the N. Sylvania and it is NOT safe! Even if traffic volumes subside, the current design of street allows for driving as if on a drag strip and many do. Accidents occur often and vehicles end on sidewalks and in yards. For safety and preservation of our neighborhoods, we want the entire span of N. Sylvania Ave from Belknap to NE 28th converted to one lane in either direction with a turn lane in the middle. Bike lanes could also be marked as planned in Fort Worth’s Master Bike plan.

ONA leadership asks that you please consider signing this petition to increase safety in our neighborhood!

West Nile Virus (WNV) in Riverside

ONA received this information from the Fort Worth City Manager's office today:

This afternoon we were informed by Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) there has been a confirmed West Nile Virus (WNV) positive mosquito sample collected from a testing site near you in the City of Fort Worth. 

A positive sample was collected in your area at Fire Station 19, 2613 Carnation.

It’s extremely important that our community continue to work together to reduce the mosquito population by removing mosquito habitats from their property and remind their neighbors to do the same. 

The most effective means of protection, even more than spraying, is to stay focused on the reduction of the mosquito population:

  • Please remove all standing water in empty flower pots, pet bowls, outdoor toys, gutters, etc.
  • Maintain your swimming pool.
  • When you’re outdoors, remember to wear repellent that contains DEET.
  • Wear clothing with long sleeves and pants when applicable.

Continued vigilance when it comes to preventing the spread of mosquito viruses in our community is essential.

  • Since there have been West Nile Virus positive mosquitoes in your neighborhood, the city’s Code Compliance officers will be monitoring the area looking for litter and debris that could invite mosquitos to breed and nest.
  • You can help by keeping your grass mowed and trees trimmed.
  • Additionally, officers will check inspecting city property for standing water and addressing it.
  • If there’s an issue with standing water at a location that is not city property, report it to the City’s Customer Care Center at 817.392.1234.

Additional Questions? Contact the Tarrant County Public Health Zika Hotline at: 817.248.6299.

Thank you so much for all your continued efforts.
Code Compliance Department, City of Fort Worth

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