Posted on June 16, 2014 at 5:48 PM
FORT WORTH -- A lot of thought and money went into beautifying the new Chisholm Trail Parkway, but the recently completed toll road between Fort Worth and Cleburne has already become an irresistible magnet for taggers.
There are several sites near Overton Ridge Boulevard where tagging has occurred. The NTTA says the worst graffiti around Forest Park Boulevard and University Drive is about to get sand blasted.
When the parkway is completed, concrete will be sealed to prevent taggers' paint from seeping in.
The city of Fort Worth is also battling an increase in graffiti.
"School's out. Here they come. We're ready for them," says Detra Call, coordinator for the city’s graffiti-abatement program.
Call said Fort Worth has three crews painting over a total of about 60 tags a day. Funding comes from the crime control and prevention district tax.
But Call says the amount of graffiti is ahead of last year's trend. So far this year, more than 2,100 incidents have been reported, covering more than 103,000 square feet.
That figure doesn't include the Chisholm Trail Parkway.
The Fort Worth graffiti abatement hotline is 817-212 2700.