The 12-story Westchester Plaza building south of downtown Fort Worth will be demolished with explosives at about 8 a.m. March 18.
Early that morning, the Fort Worth Police Department will set up an exclusion zone around the building to keep onlookers from getting too close.
The following streets will be closed from 5:30-9 a.m. as a result of the demolition:
- 8th Avenue From I-30 WBSR to Pruitt
- Summit Avenue From 8th to Pennsylvania
- Petersmith Street from Summit to Ballinger
- Tucker Street from Summit to Ballinger
- Pennsylvania Avenue from 9th to Ballinger
Traffic on I-30 will be slowed down or not permitted to enter the interstate during the time of the actual implosion.
Media-only viewing area
The viewing area at Pennsylvania and Sixth is for media only. Road closures will cause heavy traffic and residents are encouraged to avoid the area. Anyone who comes to watch must stay in public areas outside the exclusion zone.
Based on current wind direction, a viewing area will be at Pennsylvania and 6th avenues. This could change based on weather conditions.
Dust is an unpreventable byproduct of these types of demolitions. The dust may linger in the area for four to six minutes before the contractor, Dallas Demolition Co., begins cleaning streets and sidewalks. Sites immediately adjacent to and downwind from the demolition site may notice greater dust impact.
Residents who find dust uncomfortable or irritating, or who have a respiratory condition that would be aggravated by dust, should stay indoors during the demolition.
Westchester Plaza operated as the state’s largest assisted-living facility for Medicaid recipients until residents were removed last August following several years of financial and regulatory problems.
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