City of Arlington, Tarrant County Working Together on Street Upgrades
By Nina Sherer, Arlington Public Works & Transportation
Posted on February 25, 2021, February 25, 2021

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The Public Works and Transportation Department is pleased to announce a collaborative project between the City and Tarrant County Precinct 2 that will improve the road surface on two Arlington streets.

In late January, a crew from Tarrant County’s Maintenance Center and Transportation Services began the process of performing asphalt reclamation on Nathan Lowe Road between South Cooper Street and Matlock Road. Once work is completed on Nathan Lowe Road, the crew will perform work on Ruidosa Court. While Tarrant County is providing the labor and equipment for this work, the City will provide the materials, lab testing and traffic control.

Click here to view a map of the project locations.

There are four steps in the pavement reclamation process. The first removes and pulverizes the existing asphalt. The pulverized materials are mixed with cement and lime to increase the strength of the asphalt and underlying subbase. The reclaimed material is then shaped by a grader into a strong new base. Finally, 6-inches of new asphalt will be placed and compacted by a roller. The result is a like-new road with an extended lifespan of up to 20 years at a fraction of the cost, time, and environmental impact of the traditional “remove and replace” method of pavement rehabilitation.

Using the reclamation process on an area the size of a football field can:

  • Prevent 4,095 tons of material from entering the landfill
  • Eliminate emissions and fuel for 321 truckloads of materials being hauled to and from the work site
  • Eliminate the need for 2,520 tons of new stone aggregates
  • Reduce maintenance costs up to 40 percent over a 5-year period

Pavement reclamation is one part of the City’s comprehensive pavement management program. This program includes the collection and evaluation of road condition data, rebuild or maintenance activity planning, conducting rebuild or maintenance activities, and revaluation of road conditions.

Funding for these projects is available through the voter approved Street Maintenance Sales Tax. Residents interested in learning more about the street maintenance sales tax and the various types of projects it funds are encouraged to visit the Street Maintenance Sales Tax Program webpage.

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