Cities, County Celebrate MacArthur Completion North of I-30
Officials from the City of Grand Prairie, City of Irving, and Dallas County celebrated the grand opening of the $20 million MacArthur Boulevard widening and reconstruction improvement project on Monday, March 5, 2018.
The improved roadway completes the four lane connection to MacArthur south of Hunter Ferrell Road, and links it with I-30, creating a safe thoroughfare between Grand Prairie and Irving. The renovation widened MacArthur from a 2-lane asphalt roadway to a 4-lane divided concrete thoroughfare from Interstate 30 to north of the Trinity River. Project components included the construction of two 700-foot bridges and a drainage overflow channel that will prevent the road from flooding during heavy rains, enhanced storm drainage, retaining walls, railings, street lighting and two new traffic signals.
“The City of Grand Prairie appreciates the cooperation of the City of Irving, Dallas County and North Central Texas Council of Governments on this project,” said Ron Jensen, City of Grand Prairie Mayor. “This portion of MacArthur is the back road to our entertainment district—Verizon Theater, Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie and Texas AirHogs Ballpark. It’s important for us to keep it a safe and accessible roadway for visitors, our city landfill operations and the Thompson Pressure Pipe Manufacturing plant.”
Funding for the project was made possible by $12 million in Regional Toll Revenue from the North Central Texas Council of Governments, $5.2 million from the City of Grand Prairie, $1.5 million from Dallas County and $1.5 million in TIF funds.