Keeping Arlington Beautiful: Council Approves Two New Projects
By Ryan Hunt
Posted on November 10, 2015, November 10, 2015
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Keeping Arlington beautiful continues to be a focus of the City Council, as council members approved two beautification projects at the evening session on November 10, 2015.

The first is a Local Project Advanced Funding Agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) in the amount of $400,000.

This project includes landscape improvements for approximately 10 miles of the Pioneer Parkway / SS-303 corridor. The improvements plan also includes landscape beds at key locations utilizing native plants, drip irrigation system, decomposed granite, cobble and boulders.

The City is proposing to install trees and irrigation system in all the medians currently void of trees to create a lush urban canopy within the project limits. In addition, the Parks and Recreation Department will add trees where replacements are needed.

The second project approved is a contract for corridor landscaping and beautification services with Greycon, Inc. in the estimated amount of $140,950.

In March, the city was awarded a grant of $250,000 to support the landscape effort. The landscape plan includes various styles of Texas native and drought tolerant plants with corridors focused on NE Green Oaks Blvd (North Arlington) and Sublett Rd (Southeast Arlington). As the plant material matures, the landscape design will provide an aesthetic enhancement to the corridors while screening privacy fences, utility boxes and other street infrastructure.

The project will include the excavation of the current landscape and installation of new plant beds and irrigation. This contract does not include the purchase and installation of trees. Trees will be purchased through the existing city tree contract and installation will be coordinated by the Parks and Recreation Department.

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