Drivers in Arlington have already been dealing with traffic jams from the $233 million project to build a new interchange at Interstate 30 and Texas 360.
Now they can get ready for two more traffic headaches along Texas 360. Two new projects will get underway in June that will provide a long-term benefit for commuters but first they must get through short-term aggravation.
The Texas Department of Transportation will start a $53.4 million project to widen Texas 360 from three lanes to four lanes each way from just north of Abram Street to Green Oaks Boulevard in south Arlington. It will take more than two years to complete the widening of the 5.4-mile stretch of highway.
Val Lopez, a Texas Department of Transportation spokesman, said three lanes of traffic will remain open through the entire project. Lane closures will be scheduled during off-peak hours.
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"This is a very significant project to increase capacity and reduce congestion," Lopez said.
The project will also require demolishing the bridges over Abram Street to build new four-lane bridges each way.
"We're anticipating closures to remove bridge structures later this fall," Lopez said.
Traffic counts taken in 2016 along Texas 360 from just south of Texas 183 through the heart of Arlington remain high. At FAA Boulevard, counts were 152,901 per day. At Arkansas Lane, they were even higher with 172,834 vehicles per day.
At the same time, in north Arlington crews will begin resurfacing State Highway 360 from the Trinity River bridge to Avenue J. Crews will use a technique known as diamond grinding, which results in a quieter ride and better traction during wet weather, Lopez said. The resurfacing project should be completed by the end of summer.
The resurfacing work will take place while the I-30/360 interchange construction continues. That project has led to various lane closures and is expected to be completed some time in 2020.
Earlier this month, the new 360 Tollway opened from just south of Interstate 20 to U.S. 287. The new toll road is expected to add to the traffic along Texas 360 through the heart of Arlington.
"This work is in anticipation of that increased traffic," Lopez said.
For more information on all of these projects, go to Keep30360moving.org.
This report contains information from the Star-Telegram archives.