Category Archives: Public Works

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City Breaks Ground on $16 Million Project

Officials from the City of Arlington and Mansfield ISD gathered at Carol Holt Elementary School in south Arlington this morning to celebrate the groundbreaking of the $16 million Tri-Schools Street Improvement Project. During this project, crews will complete several water, sanitary sewer, storm water drainage, street lighting and street pavement improvements. City Council Member Sheri Capehart said this project’s significance was highlighted by the ongoing collaboration with Mansfield Independent School District. “Through this project, I’m happy to say we have a much more collaborative relationship with MISD than, I believe, we’ve ever had in the past,” said Capehart.  “We did Read more…

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City Spends $80M to Improve Infrastructure

Since last summer, drivers throughout Arlington have witnessed the results of a citywide road construction boom not seen in decades. From street repairs to new bridges and sidewalks, improved sewer and water lines to widened roadways, these projects are funded by previous bond elections combined with some federal grants and state transportation dollars. As many 16 major public works and water utility upgrades totaling as much as $80 million will roll out over a two-year period. David Wynn, the assistant director/city engineer in the Public Works and Transportation Department, said the work touches virtually all corners of the City. “We Read more…

Pledge to Doo The Right Thing!

Did you know scooping up your dog’s waste can make a difference in stormwater pollution? Now you can do your part. The North Central Texas Council of Government’s (NCTCOG) Public Education Task Force is asking residents in the Arlington area to take the Pledge to Doo the Right Thing! Part of their campaign includes the 2015 Cutest Dog Competition, a calendar featuring 12 dogs submitted by pet owners pledging to D00 the Right Thing and clean up The City of Arlington invites all city residents to raise awareness of the effects of Pet Waste on our community’s water quality by taking the Read more…

Tri-Schools Road Project Set to Begin

  This week, city crews are scheduled to begin the Tri-Schools Road Project, a multi-million dollar project featuring water, sanitary sewer, storm water drainage, street lighting and street pavement improvements. During this project, crews will improve the following roads: Calender, Curry, Ledbetter and Russell. Ledbetter, Russell and Calendar are narrow, two-lane asphalt roadways with ditch drainage and limited sidewalks, making the area unsafe for children who walk to school. Residents in the area petitioned for the project, which has been developed with community support over the past few years. Each of these streets services three Mansfield ISD public schools: Carol Read more…

Citizens’ Bond Committee Recommendations Being Reviewed by City Council

After a series of meetings, numerous tours, exhaustive document reviews, public input and public forums, the Citizens’ Bond Committee (CBC) has ranked $192 million worth of projects as the highest priorities for a potential November 2014 bond election. The 19-member Citizens’ Bond Committee was charged to assess the  short-term capital needs of the City of Arlington, and to provide a recommendation listing of projects and anticipated capital investment necessary to the City Council. Including renovations to city streets ($118 million), parks and recreation centers ($65 million), fire improvements ($8 million) and library ($395,000), the grand total of the committee’s recommendations is Read more…

East Abram Street Project Set to Begin  

Three major roadway reconstruction projects are scheduled for East Abram Street between Collins Street and Great Southwest Parkway.  The first, from SH 360 to Great Southwest Parkway received the green light from Arlington City Council on Tuesday. Council approved the contract with RKM Utility Services, Inc. of Dallas for $8,481,419.90. The project includes the reconstruction of the existing four-lane divided roadway as a six-lane boulevard.  It will also include underground drainage, water and sanitary sewer renewals, sidewalks, streetlights, and landscaping.  The anticipated completion date is May 2016.  The project was designed by Schrickel, Rollins and Associates, Inc. of Arlington. A construction Read more…

City Council Approves Construction Contract for Tri-Schools Road Project

The Tri-Schools Street Improvement Project will move ahead after the Arlington City Council approved nearly $16M for street improvements that include underground storm drainage, sidewalks, street lights, water and sanitary sewer pipes. The following streets are being rebuilt: Ledbetter Road between Curry Road and Russell Road Russell Road between Ledbetter Road and Calender Road Calender Road between Monthaven Road and Harris Road According to Keith Brooks, Arlington’s Engineering Operations Manager, Curry Road will be rebuilt between Winthorp Drive and Blake Drive, and will be reconstructed as an asphalt street at a lower elevation in order to remove a sight distance Read more…

Aging Parking Deck Closes Forcing Visitors to Find Alternative Parking

For safety reasons, the City of Arlington has closed the entire upper deck of the parking garage near the Municipal Office Tower, 101 S. Mesquite Street, due to structural problems. According to Steve Cooke, Assistant Director of Public Works and Transportation, the parking garage is expected to be demolished in the near future. Cooke went on to say the decision was made after a structural engineer toured the facility. The ground level parking, beneath the elevated deck, may still be utilized except for the parking spaces beneath the failed ramp slab.  It will remain open until the demolition of the Read more…

City Improvements: Melear Drive Road Closure

Due to the construction of the Arbrook-Melear Drainage Project, Melear Drive from Point Trail to Treetop Trail will be closed Tuesday, May 27 through Tuesday, August 29. Residents living near the Arbrook-Melear drainage project will need to reroute their commutes. During this project, crews will widen the culvert openings at Arbrook Boulevard and Melear Drive, and will add box culvert where the creek goes under Glen Creek Court and Glenbrook Drive. Crews also are installing gabions in the creek to contain 100-year frequency storm flows within the creeks. Some water and sanitary sewer upgrades are being performed as well. This project will Read more…

Public Meeting on Abram Street Project Draws a Crowd

Arlington residents and business owners attended a public meeting Tuesday night at the Arlington Convention Center to learn more about the City of Arlington’s options for the proposed plans to rebuild and enhance Abram Street — from Cooper Street to Collins Street. The purpose of the public meeting was to present background information and design concept alternatives, and to receive public comments and input. Click here to view the presentation. For more information, visit the Abram Street Corridor Project website.