Arlington plans project briefing on Great Southwest Parkway

01/07/2014 11:14 AM

01/07/2014 11:48 AM

Great Southwest Parkway is in the process of being redesigned to make for a more efficient roadway for trucks.

Arlington’s Public Works and Transportation Department is making plans for the improvements, which will include rebuilding the concrete street, changing median openings and driveways, and upgrading the water and sewer lines from East Avenue E to East Abram Street.

Project engineer Daniel Burnham said the updates will make it easier for trucks to access businesses along Great Southwest Parkway, and in doing so improve traffic flow.

“It’ll be a huge impact to improving traffic,” Burnham said. “We’re hoping to achieve improved access to all businesses through this.”

The public is invited to attend a project briefing at 6 p.m. Thursday at Arlington City Hall, 101 W. Abram St. The meeting will cover information on the proposed project and will take feedback from residents. A question-and-answer session will also take place.

Burnham said the purpose of the meeting is primarily to meet with property owners along the roadway to show the plans and how it will affect them.

Changes are not expected to appear until next year, he said, but the process will be fairly simple, keeping the lane configuration the same but adjusting for trucks to make wider turns.

Construction plans will be finalized after the feedback is gathered.

Visit www.arlingtontx.gov to view a map of the proposed construction area.

All questions may be directed to Burnham at 817-459-6597.

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