Tag Archives: Union Pacific Railroad Track Renewal

Expect Smoother Commutes, Collins Now Open

It looks like a best-case scenario for your Thursday morning commute.  After a four-day closure,  Collins Street is now open.  The Union Pacific Rail Renewal project to replace aging track and ties along a 13-mile stretch in Arlington has consistently moved ahead of schedule.  Cooper, Center, Mesquite, and Collins are all open for traffic, a day earlier than expected. “UP has been listening to the City of Arlington’s concerns since day one and really bent over backwards to make sure rail crossings opened ahead of schedule,” said Keith Melton, Director of Public Works and Transportation. ” We really appreciate what UP did to help minimize Read more…

UP Rail Crossing Openings Announced for Wednesday

Driving through central Arlington should be a bit smoother Wednesday morning as Union Pacific continues to open rail crossings for commuters. Cooper Street, N. Center Street, Mesquite Street and Collins Street are all open. Union Pacific opened Collins on Tuesday evening, a day earlier than expected. Davis Drive is expected to open Wednesday and Stadium Drive East is scheduled to open Thursday. Great Southwest Parkway will remain closed until February 3. Crossing  Current Status Closure Dates* PVT Road (Howell Farm) CLOSED January 16-20 (Wed.-Tues.)** Bowen Road OPEN No closure scheduled Davis Drive CLOSED January 17-21 (Thurs.-Mon.) Cooper Street OPEN January 18-22 (Fri.-Tues.) N. Center Read more…

Downtown Businesses Survive Weekend Without a Hitch

At Babe’s Chicken, phones are ringing non-stop, which is always a good thing for a restaurant, except when the most prominent reason for the calls are questions along the lines of, “So, how do I get there?” Even though Babe’s is in a prime Division and Center streets location in downtown Arlington, construction along a 13-mile stretch of rail running parallel to Division Street caused closure of some railroad crossings and forced motorist to navigate a maze of detours over the weekend. “So people called us wanting to know the easiest route to get to us,” said Babe’s Manager Howard Read more…

UP Rail Crossing Openings Announced for Tuesday

Drivers will get a reprieve Tuesday morning as many of the rail crossings will begin to open. Cooper Street, N. Center Street and Mesquite are now open. Collins Street is scheduled to open later in the day. Stadium Drive East is scheduled to open Wednesday. Davis Drive is closed and Great Southwest Parkway is expected to remain closed until February 3. Crossing  Current Status Closure Dates* PVT Road (Howell Farm) CLOSED January 16-20 (Wed.-Tues.)** Bowen Road OPEN No closure scheduled Davis Drive CLOSED January 17-21 (Thurs.-Mon.) Cooper Street OPEN January 18-22 (Fri.-Tues.) N. Center Street OPEN January 18-22 (Fri.-Tues.) Mesquite Street OPEN January 18-22 Read more…

Union Pacific Rail Renewal Closures Announced for Monday

Motorists traveling Great Southwest Parkway will have to find an alternate route Monday morning due to the at-grade crossing’s early closure.  A total of six rail crossings are now closed. Great Southwest Parkway is expected to remain closed until February 3. The UPRR advises the rail crossing closures at Cooper St., N. Center St., Mesquite St., Collins St., Stadium Dr. East and Great Southwest Parkway will continue on Monday, January 21.  Bowen Road and Davis Drive are now open with the potential for temporary closures due to railroad equipment relocation. Drivers should make plans for an alternate route and expect delays.  Crossing    Current Read more…

Union Pacific Rail Renewal Closures Announced for Sunday

Five streets will remain closed in central Arlington on Sunday. Make sure to map your route ahead of time. The UPRR advises the rail crossing closures at Cooper St., N. Center St., Mesquite St., Collins St., and Stadium Dr. East will continue on Sunday, January 20. Bowen Road and Davis Drive are now open with the potential for temporary closures due to railroad equipment relocation. Drivers should make plans for an alternate route and expect delays. Great Southwest Parkway will close on Monday.   Crossing    Current Status   Closure Dates* PVT Road (Howell Farm)   CLOSED   January 16-22 (Wed.-Tues.)** Bowen Road Read more…

Union Pacific Rail Renewal Closures Times Announced for Saturday

If your weekend commute involves Collins Street or Stadium Drive in central Arlington, make sure to map your route ahead of time. The UPRR advises the rail crossing at Collins Street will close Saturday morning at 5:00 a.m. and Stadium Drive East is scheduled to close by 10:00 a.m. Drivers should make plans for an alternate route and expect delays. These closures are in addition to those at Davis Street, Cooper Street, Center Street and Mesquite Street, all of which will remain closed through the MLK holiday weekend. Great Southwest Parkway will close on Monday. Crossing  Current Status Closure Dates* PVT Road (Howell Farm) CLOSED January Read more…

Downtown Businesses Remain Open During Rail Renewal Project

The Union Pacific track renewal train will force rail crossing closures and traffic detours, but businesses in downtown Arlington will keep their doors open through it all. There are more than 760 businesses in the downtown Arlington area, ranging from automobile dealers to restaurants. Most  plan to maintain normal business hours. Barricades to control traffic will be placed at various distances from the tracks to allow drivers access to businesses closest to the rail. As the TRT-909 continues moving east, crews will work to open Davis before closing Collins on Saturday, January 19. Stadium Drive East is also scheduled to close on that Read more…

Union Pacific Rail Renewal Closure Times Announced for Friday

If your morning commute includes Cooper Street in central Arlington, make other plans for Friday. The UPRR advises the rail crossing at Cooper St. will close Friday morning at  6:30 a.m. Drivers will need to make plans for an alternate route and expect delays. The Center Street rail crossing is scheduled to close at 9 a.m. followed by the expected closure of Mesquite at noon. These closures are in addition to Davis Street which will remain closed through the MLK holiday weekend. Collins Street and Stadium Drive will close on Saturday.  Crossing    Closure Dates* PVT Road (Howell Farm)   January Read more…

UPRR Track Renewal Update: Thursday, January 17

According to Union Pacific, the Bowen Road rail crossing will close today (January 17) around 7:30 a.m. and will open later in the day. The Davis Drive crossing is anticipated to close around noon and is expected to remain closed through Monday, January 21. Follow the City of Arlington on Twitter @CityOfArlington  #TrackRenewal or call the Union Pacific hotline at 877-243-1350 for updates. You can also sign up for email updates at MyArlingtonTx.com or visit www.MyArlingtonTx.com/UP.