Texas Live!, New Rangers Ballpark Construction Requires Utilities Relocation
By Susan Schrock
Posted on August 10, 2017, August 10, 2017
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Site preparation is underway for the Texas Live! entertainment complex, which is being built between Globe Life Park in Arlington and AT&T Stadium in the Entertainment District. Work will soon begin to relocate a massive sanitary sewer line that runs beneath parking lots south of Randol Mill Road that will become part of the Texas Live! development as well as the future Texas Rangers ballpark.

Crews will dig a hole nearly four stories deep this summer in preparation for the Texas Rangers' new $1 billion retractable roof ballpark. But before they do, a massive sanitary sewer line that runs through the Entertainment District and serves more than one-quarter of the city will need to move.

The City of Arlington has approved a plan to relocate water and sanitary sewer lines, storm drains and other utilities that currently lie beneath two Texas Rangers parking lots south of Randol Mill Road. Those parking lots will eventually become the site of the new ballpark, set to open in 2020, and a portion of the $250 million Texas Live! entertainment complex.

The $11 million utility relocation project, which is being paid for by the Texas Rangers and completed by general contractor Manhattan Construction, is expected to take three to four months to complete. Excavation work for the future ballpark is set to begin in September.

'This project brings us one step closer to starting construction on a climate-controlled ballpark that will provide fans a world-class experience year-round,' said John Blake, Texas Rangers executive vice president of communications.

Approximately 1,600 feet of sanitary sewer pipe, which ranges in diameter from 48 inches to 54 inches, will be constructed so that it will run between the new ballpark and the Texas Live! development. Instead of digging a 40-foot deep open trench, workers will install the sanitary sewer line using an underground tunneling method that only requires five bore pits.

The line, which is one of the largest sanitary sewer mains owned and operated by the City, serves between one-quarter and one-third of Arlington. Utility services to residents and businesses are not expected to be interrupted during the project.

'Arlington Water Utilities is committed to using the latest technology to benefit our residents and strengthen infrastructure. The utilities relocation proposed by the Texas Rangers follows that principle by using methods such as underground tunneling and bypass pumping to avoid major interruptions to sanitary sewer services. We are happy to work alongside the Rangers to move this project to a timely completion,' said Arlington Water Utilities Director Buzz Pishkur.

Preparations for ballpark construction necessitated the closure of a section of Nolan Ryan Expressway this month as well as the remainder of Parking Lot A and a section of Parking Lot B. Nolan Ryan Expressway is now closed south of Randol Mill Road to just north of Parking Lot B7.

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