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Roadwork continues in Arlington


August 8, 2018 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

Construction crews do maintenance work to Gilman Avenue in Arlington on July 30.

Construction will continue on downtown Arlington roads for the next few weeks as more than a mile of roadway is being resurfaced.

Work has been done on Division Street and Gilman Avenue and will continue on roads such as Manhattan Avenue and Talcott Street.

About 1.3 to 1.4 miles of city road are scheduled to receive re-surfacing and re-paving, according to Kristin Banfield, communications manager with the city of Arlington.

"This is a part of the Transportation Benefit District program, so it is funded completely by the sales tax that was approved by the voters a few years ago," she said.

This summer's project is part of a 10-year plan from the Transportation Benefit District which seeks to maintain and preserve various roads around the city.

Putting maintenance into roads is often a better investment for cities than re-constructing roads that fail completely.

"It's much easier and less expensive to do re-surfacing/re-paving than it is to do a complete re-construction of the road," said Banfield.

The major roads are scheduled to be basically finished now, said Banfield.

"We're moving into the short side streets in that area now," she said.

It's unlikely these roads will be closed completely, she said, and they will be able to keep one lane open with a flagger moving traffic through.

"We have the advantage of there being alleys in this area of the town as well," said Banfield.

City officials plan to be finished with the road construction sometime in the next few weeks.

"Our plan is to finish this before the start of school," said Banfield, who said that the city wants the streets to be fully open and ready for the buses when school begins.

Work on these roads began with about 1.1 miles of new water mains.

"We started the project earlier in the summer with utility improvements," said Banfield.

The underground work is now done and the work currently underway is the re-paving and re-surfacing of the roads.

"We do the utility work before the maintenance so we don't repave a road and then a couple of years down the road need to tear up the road to replace some utility," said Banfield.

Work is being done by crews from Reese Construction.


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