Traffic detour to start in southwest Arlington on Saturday

08/15/2014 9:44 PM

08/15/2014 9:44 PM

As part of the Tri-Schools street improvement project underway in southwest Arlington, a one-way counterclockwise traffic detour is scheduled to begin Saturday.

According to the city’s Public Works and Transportation Department, Ledbetter Road will be southbound only from Curry Road to Russell Road. Russell Road will be eastbound only from Ledbetter Road to Calender Road. Calender Road will be northbound only from Russell Road to Harris Road.

The detour circulation route is northbound on Calender Road from Harris Road to Curry Road, heading west on Curry Road to Ledbetter Road and south on Ledbetter Road and back into the one-way detour circle.

This detour is expected to be active for about two years. Around November, there may be a section of Ledbetter Road between Curry and Harris closed to through traffic in addition to the remaining one-way restriction. An additional street closure will be made at that time.

The Tri-Schools project began June 9 and is expected to be done in August 2016.

This project, which is part of the 2008 bond program, is one of 16 major public works and water utility upgrade projects totaling as much as $80 million scheduled to roll out over a two-year period.

The City Council approved a nearly $16 million construction contract with Jackson Construction Ltd. of Fort Worth for the Tri-Schools project. The project will result in street, drainage, water and sanitary sewer improvements, the city said.

The project aims to reduce heavy morning and afternoon traffic congestion along the streets, which serve Carol Holt Elementary, Cross Timbers Intermediate and T.A. Howard Middle School and also make it safer for school buses making turns at intersections, the city has said.

The detour will affect about 2,100 Mansfield school district students and their families, as well as employees and neighbors of the three schools, district spokesman Richie Escovedo said in an email Friday.

Two traffic roundabouts are planned at the intersections of Calender and Russell roads and Calender and West Harris roads. Crews will also work to improve a limited-sight-distance issue at Curry Road between Winthrop and Blake drives.

Because construction bids came in higher than expected, the city plans to use about $4.6 million in street bond fund reserves to supplement bond funding approved by voters for the project.

— Patrick M. Walker

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