A long-awaited project to widen and rebuild a 1.5-mile stretch of heavily traveled East Lamar Boulevard is scheduled to begin in July, and project officials will share their plans and answer questions during a briefing July 8 at Arlington City Hall.The project, funded with bond money that voters approved in 2008, spans Lamar between North Collins Street and Ballpark Way. Dallas-based Tiseo Paving Co. is the general contractor.Improvements include widening the roadway to six lanes from four, water and sewer line upgrades, median landscaping, streetlights, pedestrian lights and sidewalks. The project is scheduled to take up to 425 days and be completed in September 2014.It’s part of three planned projects that total nearly $15 million. The city is also making about $310,000 in improvements at the Collins Street railroad crossing to quiet train horns near the entertainment district and $4.3 million to rebuild Park Row Drive from Texas 360 to the eastern city limits.Project engineer Daniel Burnham said Thursday that at least one lane of Lamar will remain open in each direction while the work is done. The driveways of about two dozen businesses will also be rebuilt. Work on the driveway for Six Flags Hurricane Harbor will be done during the water park’s off-season, he said.The city has been ready to proceed with the project since September but had to wait on the Texas Department of Transportation to approve a permit for work at North Collins Street, which is also Farm Road 157, a state roadway.The come-and-go project briefing will run from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Council Briefing Room on the third floor of City Hall, 101 W. Abram St. This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.
Patrick M. Walker, 682-232-4674 Twitter: @patrickmwalker1