How Many Fatal Accidents Happen in Arlington?
In 2019, Texas reported 1,764 fatal crashes that resulted in 1,867 deaths. Compared to the state, Arlington had a much lower number, with figures from the Texas Department of Transportation showing that this metropolitan area had a total of 26 fatal crashes resulting in 28 deaths that same year.
Of those crashes in the Arlington area, seven were alcohol-related, with blood-alcohol levels above the legal limits. These DUI crashes resulted in nine deaths. This is roughly 1.64% of the 428 crashes that occurred throughout Texas during 2019.
How Are the Road Infrastructure and Bridges in Arlington?
Arlington’s highway and transportation network is served by two Interstate Highways — I-20 and I-30 — that both run east and west. Limited-access freeways include U.S. Highway 287 and State Highway 360. Arlington drivers are also in close proximity to State Highway 161 (the George Bush Turnpike), which runs north and south and makes any commute in the Metroplex a roughly 30-minute drive.
Roads deteriorate, potholes form, bridges and guardrails age, and surfaces wear down. The City of Arlington Public Works & Transportation Department takes care of repairs, filling the potholes and placing signs, and carries out major projects, like maintaining bridges, repairing traffic and streetlights, and keeping highways clear of debris.
In 2021, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released its report card for infrastructures across the U.S. and gave Texas an overall grade of C. While the ASCE gave the state’s bridges and public transit a B-, the organization gave Texas’ highways and roads a D+ for not properly distributing the funds and resources generated by the state’s gas tax to keep up with the state’s projected growth.