What’s been a big headache for drivers in Arlington is now a big win for them. After a year and a half of work, city road crews are finally done with a $9.5 million makeover of Lamar Boulevard.
Arlington go-kart business K1 Speed is all about living life in the fast lane. But for the better part of the year they’ve been open along Lamar Boulevard, it’s been slow going just outside their indoor track.
“The road construction did slow down the commute a little bit,” said Eric Thompson, manager at K1 Speed Arlington. “It was a challenge to get through.”
A multi-million dollar makeover of Lamar Boulevard meant constant lane closures and congestion right in front of their business, which is why their engines are really revving, now that city crews have crossed the finish line on the project.
“We’re thrilled,” said Thompson. “[Our business] is easier to see and customers can definitely get in. They also made the turn lanes a little bit wider and our entrances are more visible.”
The city widened the road to three lanes in each direction between Ballpark Way and North Collins Street. It also added new turn lanes and landscaping.
“We do realize that this is a vital corridor to that area,” said Keith Brooks, engineering operations manager for the city of Arlington. “Plus, it gives relief when there are issues on I-30 or what have you. People have another avenue to get to the different venues and places they’re trying to go.”
City officials say they appreciate everyone’s patience.
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, which is also along Lamar Boulevard, said the finished product was worth the wait.
“Change is good,” said Sharon Parker, spokesperson for Six Flags Hurricane Harbor. “And with any change there comes a little bit of headache. But you know in the end the outcome is going to be beneficial for everyone.”
They’re now looking forward to smoother sailing – and sliding – for their visitors, who can get in and out of the park more easily.
“Now they can hurry up and get in and enjoy what they came for,” said Parker.
The total cost of the project was $9.5 million.