Learn More About Eden Road Improvements at Oct. 23 Public Meeting
By Nina Sherer, Arlington Public Works and Transportation
Posted on October 17, 2019, October 17, 2019

Public Meeting Notice

The Public Works and Transportation Department is pleased to announce work to improve Eden Road, from Calender Road to US 287 is scheduled to begin Nov. 4. This transformative project is expected to take approximately 18 months and will bring much needed roadway and drainage improvements to south Arlington.

Click here to view a map of the project location.

Improvements planned under this project include:

• Rebuilding Eden Road from a county-type road to a three-lane undivided concrete roadway with a 50-year life
• Installing storm water infrastructure to mitigate flooding concerns
• Installation of sidewalks
• Renewing water and sanitary sewer lines
• A hike and bike trail
• Streetlight improvements

This project will also include the installation of roundabouts at the intersections of Park Springs Boulevard, Ledbetter Road, and Calender Road. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, roundabouts are more efficient and less costly than traditional intersections. Most significantly, the use of roundabouts has been proven to increase safety for drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Compared to a traditional signalized or stop-controlled intersection, roundabouts reduce the potential for the types of crashes resulting in serious injuries or fatalities by up to 82 percent.

Although roundabouts are new to many Arlington drivers and will require time for adjustment, there are some general guidelines to assist with the transition:

• All traffic flows in a counterclockwise manner around a center island
• Vehicles entering the roundabout must yield to traffic already circulating
• The design of the roundabouts results in lower speeds, generally 15-25 mph, throughout the roundabout

The City uses an annual pavement survey program to inventory the condition of all streets within the city limits. The condition of each street segment is reported as an Overall Condition Index (OCI) Rating between 0-100 based on the “ride” and “distress” of the segment. Roads with a rating lower than 50 are called “red streets” and recommended for inclusion in the department’s Capital Improvement Program. Roads with a rating between 50 and 70 are called “yellow” streets and are included in the City’s Street Maintenance Program. The current OCI rating for this section of Eden Road is 54, but will be increased to 100 when construction is completed.

Click here to view the 2019 Street Condition map.

Residents interested in learning more about this project are encouraged to attend a Construction Briefing Meeting from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23 at Cross Timbers Intermediate School, 2934 Russel Road. This come-and-go style meeting will be held in the school cafeteria to provide more information about the scope of the project.
Funding for this project was approved by Arlington voters as part of the 2014 Bond Package and aligns with City Council’s priorities to Enhance Regional Transportation and champion great neighborhoods.

Want to learn more about the 2014 bond funded projects in The American Dream City? Check out the 2014 Bond Tracker webpage for maps, project timelines, articles and more.

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