Arlington, TX Braces Itself For Heavy Traffic
With Super Bowl XLV right around the corner, Arlington – home of Cowboys Stadium and host of this year’s big game – is preparing to receive thousands of guests for what will be a memorable ten day celebration of American football. With over 150 Super Bowl related events throughout DFW, the week (plus) long party is expected to brighten the Metroplex. It also means: traffic!
Out the gate, the Super Bowl is actually a good thing for Arlington commuters. As WFAA reports, many road improvement projects already in the works have been expedited so they are completed before the big game. Construction related back ups and the endless sea of orange cones DFW commuters have become accustomed to on I-30 are disappearing – and new lanes have emerged as the result. Other improvements include traffic signal repair and remodeled landscaping.
The price for Arlington residents (other than taxes, of course): an invading army of rental cars and private transportation vehicles – and the temporary closure of several streets.
Arlington residents will begin feeling the effects of the game January 28, as roads surrounding the stadium close and multi-lane streets are reduced to single lane. WFAA says in a recent news release:
Collins Street and Randol Mill Road will each go from two lanes in each direction to one lane each way. On game day, all traffic on Collins Street will strictly go southbound.
How Should You, the Arlington Commuter, Respond?
- Plan alternate routes to common destinations to avoid heavy traffic. Use a map program like Google Maps to find the best ones.
- Give yourself extra time when planning your trip.
- Keep your eyes peeled for out of town drivers who are lost and cut across five lanes to find their exit.
- Consider carpooling. Having another set of eyes watching the road can help you avoid a wreck.
- Drive friendly. The car accident lawyers at the Rasansky Law Firm know that navigating heavy traffic can be frustrating – but don’t let road rage impair your judgment!
Drive safely, Dallas!