Green Oaks Boulevard

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Green Oaks Boulevard
Length 22.8 mi[1] (36.7 km)
CCW end SH 360 in Grand Prairie, Texas
Major
junctions

FM 157 in Arington
SH 180 in Fort Worth
Spur 303 in Arlington
I-20 in Arlington

FM 157 in Arlington
CW end SH 360 in Arlington

Green Oaks Boulevard is a 22.8-mile-long (36.7 km) loop road, located almost entirely in the city of Arlington, in the U.S. state of Texas. Green Oaks Boulevard creates a loop around Arlington, traveling north from State Highway 360 (SH 360) north, back to SH 360. The highway is the only loop in the city of Arlington.

The road gives citizens of Arlington access to SH 360, Interstate 20 (I-20), and I-30, as well as several smaller state-designated highways. The street gives access to several schools and parks, as well as Arlington Municipal Airport.[1]

Route description[edit]

Green Oaks Boulevard begins at Texas State Highway 360's final exit, and the western end of Kingswood Boulevard, located in Grand Prairie, just a few feet from border of Arlington and Grand Prairie. The highway begins as a four-lane, concrete road, with a large, grassy median separating each direction. The road passes several small "strip malls", and several gas stations. The highway is known as Southeast Green Oaks Boulevard at this point, but is usually abbreviated to just SE Green Oaks Boulevard (This is shown on the exit from SH 360). The highway passes a small park, and a large neighborhood, before intersecting with New York Avenue, and passing a small animal hospital, and several small restaurants. The route continues with large neighborhoods on either side of it, before intersecting with South Collins Street, which gives access to the one-runway, Arlington Municipal Airport. Green Oaks passes through a park for a short period of time, before passing the Arlington Animal Shelter, and the Arlington Public Library-Southeast Branch. The roadway continues through a large neighborhood, and passes the Ferguson Junior High School.[2] The road passes through a few large neighborhoods, before intersecting with Matlock Road, and passing several fast food restaurants, and a large baptist church.[1] At this point it becomes Southwest Green Oaks Boulevard, and continues in a westerly direction. It intersects Farm to Market Road 157 at South Cooper Street, then curves northwestward to cross Interstate 20 after a couple more miles. Here it becomes West Green Oaks Boulevard, and it curves to the north, staying about a half mile east of the shore of Lake Arlington. It then crosses Texas State Highway Spur 303 and Texas State Highway 180 in quick succession, having an intersection with the former and an interchange with the latter. Just on the south side of the interchange with SH 180 are a set of rail tracks that form a border with Fort Worth, such that when Green Oaks Boulevard crosses them, it changes cities and names. The street continues in eastern Ft Worth as Dottie Lynn Parkway, then Eastchase Parkway, and Meadowbrook Boulevard, before finally crossing back into Arlington and becoming Northwest Green Oaks Boulevard at Randol Mill Road. Immediately after this intersection, the road crosses under Interstate 30 without an interchange. It then goes through a few curves, but maintains a generally eastward direction from here. It forms the northern terminus for North Cooper Street, at which point it finally becomes Northeast Green Oaks Boulevard. A mile farther east, it crosses Farm to Market Road 157 again, this time being carried on North Collins Street. It then dips to the southeast to meet the northern end of Ballpark Way, which can take traffic to Globe Life Park, then comes back northeast, and levels out due east again, crossing Holly Brook, Arlington's city limit for a final time a few dozen yards past this, then terminating at Texas State Highway 360 again. The roadway keeps going to the east and then south as Carrier Parkway in Grand Prairie, which itself terminates almost exactly far south as the extent of the firstly described southern leg above, at West Camp Wisdom Road.

History[edit]

Green Oaks Boulevard has been the site for several deadly automobile accidents, due to the road's high speed limit. A series of three major accidents during a short period of time in the fall of 2011.[3] The first of the crashes occurred on August 11, 2011, when a wrong way driver collided with an 18-wheeler gas truck, and caused a large fuel spill at an intersection with the I-20 feeder road, that closed a portion of I-20 for several hours.[4]

On April 3, 2012, a large tornado hit Green Oaks Boulevard, and caused a large portion of the Green Oaks Nursing Home to collapse, with one person hospitalized due to injuries.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Google (March 21, 2012). "Overview Map of Green Oaks Boulevard" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved March 21, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ferguson Jr. High School". Arlington Independent School District (Arlington ISD). Retrieved April 3, 2012. 
  3. ^ Boyd, Deanna (October 10, 2011). "Three young people dead in south Arlington crash". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Retrieved March 22, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Wrong-way driver crash shuts down I-20 in Arlington" (Press release). WFAA News. Retrieved March 22, 2012. 
  5. ^ Vaughn, Chris; Domingo Ramirez Jr. (April 3, 2012). "Damage reports flow as spring storms hammer Dallas-Fort Worth". The Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Retrieved April 3, 2012.