myAbram – Creating a more vibrant Downtown Arlington
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A dream for Downtown Arlington
Thanks to the citizens of Arlington, a re-imagining of Abram Street from Cooper to Collins Streets was approved as a part of the 2008 bond election. The details of the redesign were informed by a series of public meetings held in 2014. Construction will last two years: from March 2018 – March 2020.
Driven by the benefits of a more pedestrian-oriented downtown — such as improving health and safety, developing a sense of place, and boosting the downtown economy — the redesign includes franchised utility relocation, drainage correction, LED street lighting, safer on-street parking, and many streetscape and pedestrian friendly amenities such as shade trees and benches.
Click here to learn more about the history of the myAbram project.
To complete the Abram Street Rebuild as efficiently as possible, the project has been divided into seven major phases:
Completed (as of January 2019)
Phase 1: Drainage and paving improvements on the west side of the Abram and Cooper streets intersection were completed in December. Improvements to the north side of the Levitt Pavilion were also complete between Pecan and Center streets, across from City Hall, in early August 2018.
Phase 2: Installation of new water and sanitary sewer lines on Abram Street between Jeffries Street and Weeks Avenue, as well as on Weeks Avenue itself, was completed in July 2018.
Phase 3: Installation of improved storm drain and water lines from Cooper Street to West Street was completed in July 2018. In September 2018, work to install new storm drains and sanitary sewer lines was completed between Jeffries and Collins streets.
Phase 4A: In December 2018, the installation of new storm drains and sanitary sewer lines, as well as repaving Pecan Street, was completed.
Phase 4B: Complete reconstruction of the north side of Abram Street between Cooper and Collins streets and construction of the City Hall South Plaza. Full pedestrian access to south side of City Hall is expected to be available in February 2019 and the remainder of the work to be completed in this phase is scheduled to be completed in May 2019.
Phase 5: Scheduled to begin in June 2019, this phase will consist of the rebuilding of the center lane of Abram Street from Cooper Street to Collins Street.
Phase 6: Complete reconstruction of the south side of Abram Street between Cooper and Collins streets. This phase is scheduled to begin in June 2019 and take six months to complete.
Phase 7: Intersection of Abram and Cooper streets will begin December 2019.
Tune in to #myAbram
Throughout the Abram St. Redevelopment Project, the City of Arlington and Downtown Arlington Management Corporation will coordinate efforts to accommodate and communicate with those who visit, live, work and study in Downtown Arlington. Bookmark this page – myAbram.com – and track #myAbram on social media for the latest information about Abram St. traffic routing, detours, temporary parking and construction milestones.
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Getting Around Downtown
Free parking is available throughout Downtown, including in the public lot west of City Hall, in the 101 Center Parking garage, along Front Street, and in the new reverse-angle parking spaces along Abram, Center and Mesquite streets.
Back-in Parking has come to Downtown Arlington! View the City of Arlington’s PSA to become a back-in parking pro.
For additional information, visit the project page on the City of Arlington’s website.