Nine months after breaking ground, the City of Arlington is proud to announce that the transformative Abram Street Rebuild through Downtown has reached several major construction milestones.
The voter-approved project to rebuild Abram Street between Cooper and Collins streets kicked off in March 2018 and is on target to be complete in early 2020. In addition to improving utilities infrastructure, streetlights, drainage and creating a smoother, long-lasting roadway, the project will add pedestrian amenities such as new benches, LED lighting, trees and other streetscape improvements to foster a more-inviting, walkable environment for residents, students and visitors.
“This rebuild will create a safer, more attractive space for on-street festivals and other outdoor events that draw visitors to Downtown, which is a state-designated Cultural District,” Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams said.
The City of Arlington’s Office of Communication hosts a new series on MyArlingtonTV highlighting the restaurants and stores that will be open for business during the two-year Abram Street Rebuild Project. The show is part of the City’s ongoing efforts to work closely with the Downtown Arlington Management Corporation to support local businesses, communicate lane closures, construction milestones and other important information.
Construction Time Line
To complete the Abram Street Rebuild as efficiently as possible, the project has been divided into seven major phases:
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.
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.
Phase 3: Installation of improved storm drain and water lines from Cooper Street to West Street was completed in July. In September, work to install new storm drains and sanitary sewer lines was completed between Jeffries and Collins streets.
Phase 4A: In December, the installation of new storm drains and sanitary sewer lines, as well as repaving Pecan Street, was completed.
Current and Future
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 of this year.
Phase 5: Scheduled to begin in June, 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.
Track #myAbram or visit www.ArlingtonTX.gov/Abram to stay up-to-date on this transformative, two-year construction project.
In partnership with the Downtown Arlington Management Corporation, City of Arlington project managers regularly host myAbram project update meetings open to all Downtown businesses, property owners and BID members. These meetings provide opportunities to share status reports, celebrate completed milestones and Q&A. The next myAbram Partner is set for January 31, 2019 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Legal Draft Beer Co.
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.
Download Waze for free and see real-time traffic, find optimal routes and avoid road closures, or for only $3 take Via Arlington and leave your car at home.
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