The Arlington City Council passed a $160.4 million capital budget for the current fiscal year on Tuesday, Feb. 22, which includes financing for the voter-supported Active Adult Center.
Arlington’s yearly Capital Budget cycle is part of a multi-year plan to maintain and expand the city’s infrastructure, which includes streets, water and sanitary sewage, parks and green space preservation, recreational facilities, and civic services. Every year, with a bond election every three to five years, the Capital Budget cycle repeats itself. Arlington’s most recent bond election took place in 2018.
In addition to the Active Adult Center, the Capital Budget includes capital improvement projects for a variety of city streets, sidewalks, traffic lights, and junctions, as well as for a few parks and trails. The city will also begin planning for the reconstruction of Fire Station No. 8 in north Arlington, as well as the development of a new, larger police evidence storage facility and enhancements to the Arlington Municipal Airport. Water and sanitary sewer main replacements, enhancements to the Pierce-Burch Water Treatment Plant, and deliberate initiatives to decrease local floods are among the planned water utilities and storm water projects.
In the 2018 Bond Program, voters authorized many of the capital improvement projects in this year’s Capital Budget. In a special bond election in 2017, voters approved the Active Adult Center, which will be built near the Pierce Burch Water Treatment Plant and is expected to be completed by late 2024.
These initiatives support Arlington City Council priorities of Championing Great Neighborhoods, Putting Technology to Work, Enhancing Regional Mobility, Investing in Our Economy, and Supporting Youth and Families.
Among the projects are:
- Construction of the River Legacy Park Trail Replacement
- Debbie Lane (from the city boundaries to SH 360) – Currently under construction.
- Design of Mansfield Webb Road (from Silo Road to Collins Street)
- Mitchell Street – Design (Collins Street to Perrin Street)
- Design for the Rebuild of Fire Station No. 8
- Construction of the Richard Simpson Park Improvements
- The annual sidewalk program will receive $1.4 million.
- $10.3 million for the annual initiative to rehabilitate residential streets
- A total of $3 million will be spent on intersection upgrades in nine different locations.
- $1.25 million for the signal and information technology system (ITS) program
- $1 million for the purchase of parkland (last project in 2014 Bond Program)
- $19.9 million in stormwater-related improvements for California Lane, Harvest Hills Lane, and Briar Meadow Drive, Bonneville Drive and Greenbrook Drive, Kippers Courts, Jason Drive, and Randol Mill Road, including localized drainage projects, stormwater infrastructure maintenance, flood mitigation buyouts, and drainage improvements. Stormwater fees and revenue bonds are used to support these improvements.
- $47.3 million in water utility upgrades, including $20.8 million for the Pierce-Burch Water Treatment Plant, water and sanitary sewer main replacements, and the city’s remote read water meter network infrastructure expansion. Water utility income and revenue bonds are used to fund these projects.
Residents can visit the Bond Tracker webpage to learn more about ongoing infrastructure upgrades and bond-funded projects planned throughout The American Dream City.