Plans for Arlington rail crossing closures have changed

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ARLINGTON - Plans to close several railroad crossings through Arlington simultaneously have changed, and the roads will now be closed on a rolling schedule beginning Thursday and running through Feb. 3, the city said Tuesday.

The roads will close from west to east.

Union Pacific is spending $30 million to renew 35 miles of track between Fort Worth and Dallas. In Arlington, the tracks essentially cut the city in half along Division Street.

Originally, the crossings at Bowen Road, Davis Drive and Cooper, Center and Mesquite streets were set to close Wednesday for several days.

Union Pacific did not return a call Tuesday to explain the change in plans. But city officials had worried that the simultaneous, four-day closure of five crossings along a 2.5-mile stretch running through downtown Arlington could create a travel headache for drivers and logistical problems for schools and emergency responders.

Under the new plan, the Bowen crossing is expected to be closed for only about four hours, on Thursday, instead of four days. Union Pacific will replace track at the crossing at a later date, according to the city.

The Davis crossing will be closed from Thursday to Monday.

The crossings at Cooper, North Center and Mesquite streets are now scheduled to be closed to motorists from Friday to Tuesday. The Collins Street and Stadium Drive crossings will be closed from Saturday to Wednesday.

The cross at Great Southwest Parkway, in far east Arlington, is set to be closed Monday through Feb. 3.

Motorists in Arlington needing to cross the tracks can detour to West Green Oaks Boulevard, Forest Edge Drive, Fielder Road, West Street or Texas 360.

Besides laying new rail on the northern track, Union Pacific crews will replace 90,000 wooden ties with more durable concrete ties, change 24 track switches and renew roadway surfaces at 45 crossings in Fort Worth, Arlington, Grand Prairie and Dallas.

The southern track between Fort Worth and Dallas will be replaced at a later date.

Residents can receive updates about the closures by calling 877-243-1350, visiting MyArlingtonTx.com/UP or following @CityofArlington on Twitter.

Susan Schrock, 817-709-7578

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