Arlington Citizen-Journal

Aggressive road repair effort gets underway

Arlington kicked off an ambitious construction schedule this fall to complete the remaining roads approved for improvement by voters as part of the 2006 bond election.

Since 2006, several renewals have been made to the original agreement, adding on different roads yearly, officials said. The total value of the projects recently added is $4,061.500.

Roads that were already under construction but already open to traffic included North Collins to East Road to Six Flags, where the city expects to spend $117,500, officials said.

The most recent new projects added to the list include Lamar Boulevard from Collins Street to Ballpark Way, a $2,967,500 project that was started in September, and Bowman Springs Road from Interstate 20 to the city limit, for $728,500, which got underway in October.

In a related move to improving streets in Arlington, last week Tarrant County Commisioners Court passed a scope change to the agreement on construction at Stadium Drive from Division Street to Abram Street, Arlington Engineering Operations Manager Keith Brooks said.

The change stated that instead of doing grade-separated crossing in the area, revisions would be made to create at-grade crossing improvements.

The decision comes from discussion earlier this year, where Arlington City Council members decided to scrap plans to build an underpass at the railroad tracks on the basis of cost.

Arlington is now planning a $13.3 million project to widen Stadium to six lanes between Abram and Division streets and to make “quiet zone” improvements — such as adding a median and enhanced railroad signal arms so trains don’t sound their horns while crossing the intersection.

Work could begin next summer.

The county bond funding will allow the city to reallocate about $6 million in bond funds for the Stadium Drive improvements to unfunded and underfunded road projects.

On the same day the Stadium Drive scope change was approved by the commissioners court, revised agreements were endorsed by the city council. The project agreement still has to be signed by Tarrant County, but approval should be made soon, Brooks said.

In another road project update, Park Row construction also is mostly finished and open to traffic from Texas 360 to the city limits toward Grand Prairie, he said. TxDOT intersections at South Cooper Street and Green Oaks Boulevard are still under construction at a cost of $248,000.