Dave Neumann's Positively Glowing Trinity River Corridor Project Update

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The proposed Margaret McDermott Bridge, about which city and TxDOT officials have differing views
As we mentioned below, city and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials have called a 1:30 p.m. press conference to announce that more than likely, the Corps will sooner than later sign off on plans to repair the Trinity River levees by pouring those concrete seepage cutoff walls guesstimated to run, oh, 'round $150 million. Ish. Among those making the announcement will be Trinity River Corridor Project Committee Chairman Dave Neumann, who is presently trying -- sort of -- to keep Scott Griggs from taking his council seat.

Well, last night Neumann sent to his constituents and fan club members the e-blast you'll find on the other side in which the TRCP chair provides updates about myriad to-do's up and down the Trinity, from the levees themselves ...
... I am pleased to announce that the Army Corps of Engineers, after two years of study and working with the City of Dallas, anticipates Approval of a Levee repair plan that will lead to Dallas' Trinity levees being recertified by Spring 2012 ...
... to the Margaret McDermott Bridge that would replace the I-30 bridge over the Trinity, which Neumann insists is ...
...still planned to begin construction in 2012. Replacing the current I-30 bridge, will be a companion signature bridge that will add an additional dimension to our Dallas skyline and will provide pedestrian, bicycle, and improved access from Downtown to Oak Cliff.
Which might come as news to the Texas Department of Transportation, whose Bill Hale told Unfair Park exactly four weeks ago that it's proceeding without the second Calatrava bridge as part of its plans. As in: "If the city wants to make it a signature bridge, we'll allow them to put it in there, but it would be an an extra cost. But they haven't ID'd the dollars to cover that, so we're designing it as a normal structure." Oh, well, gives us something to do today. Jump. But don't get too wet.
It is an honor to serve as the Chairman of the Trinity River Corridor Project of the Dallas City Council.

Clearly the last several years have been challenging for the project as a result of the Katrina floods and its impact on our levees and levees across the country. Positive leadership tells us that now is not the time, however, to give up, but rather to strengthen our resolve for the Trinity River Corridor Project.

  • Our FOCUS continues to be to provide Flood protection for all our citizens and businesses in West Dallas, Oak Cliff, and Downtown.
  • Our GOAL is to bring nationally acclaimed parks, trails, lakes, and bridges to our center city within the Trinity River Basin.
  • If we stay ON COURSE....Our natural end result will be economic development opportunities and improved quality of life for all Dallas citizens.

Important Accomplishments:

Trinity Levee Repairs pending approval....The Army Corps of Engineers to announce that they "anticipate" approval of the Flood Control 408 permit in July, 2011 which will allow the City of Dallas to repair our levees.

FEMA Remapping on HOLD.... After 10 plus years of excellent or very good ratings of our levees, the Corps of Engineers downgraded levees, including Dallas' to reflect the consequences of the Katrina flood event. FEMA notified the City of Dallas of remapping surrounding business and residential properties as a result of this downgrade. I am pleased to report that FEMA has decided to put the remapping on Hold after Dallas and other cities successfully made their case that remapping residential and commercial property adjacent to the levees while recertifying the levees just didn't make good public sense.

Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge....on schedule, on budget, and will be substantially complete by Fall, 2011. This bridge, which effectively extends Woodall Rogers into West Dallas will energize and bring new economic development opportunities to our West Dallas community as well as create a new skyline for our City.

Margaret McDermott Bridge....still planned to begin construction in 2012. Replacing the current I-30 bridge, will be a companion signature bridge that will add an additional dimension to our Dallas skyline and will provide pedestrian, bicycle, and improved access from Downtown to Oak Cliff.

Sylvan Avenue Bridge....construction scheduled to begin Fall of 2011. The sylvan bridge will include pedestrian, bicycle, as well as access to our Trinity parks and trails.

Continental Avenue Bridge....anticipated construction to begin Spring 2012. This will be a pedestrian bridge with a dedicated bike path.

Standing Wave....construction is currently underway with a Grand Opening for the public scheduled for May 7th. This project includes kayak launches, access trails, parking and access road for the Trinity Standing Wave located at 1900 East Eighth Street.

"With the recertification of the levees, the Trinity River Corridor Project springs alive again with the efforts to connect North, South, East, and West trails, three magnificent lakes, ball fields and gathering places for your family."

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yeahisaidthat
yeahisaidthat

When Dave is that giddy, he either got some the night before or he's getting cash in a satchel at his rent house in which he lives.It's either gas money or from some levee related source.

Who Ray
Who Ray

Typical Politician.........lots of hyperbolae, but very few facts. What is the "PLAN" for the levees? How much will it cost? If the ACE says they will approve it in July, why don't they approve it now? So many questions..........so little time..........

Renegade
Renegade

I just noticed that all three of the signature bridges are white. JWP is going to f-ing flip out when he realizes that. And that no one has given him his 15%.

MattL1
MattL1

Ah, I knew there was another bridge project in the works, but I didn't know it was a practical one. Why the hell didn't we do the I-30 bridge first? The current one sucks...

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

The area between the levees is a Flood Chanel.

The levees were built to contain a high volume of water quickly flowing unobstructed past the city.

I don't think I have seen the plans on where the contained flood water will go once the park projects are finished .

"Trinity Levee Repairs pending approval....The Army Corps of Engineers to announce that they "anticipate" approval of the Flood Control 408 permit in July, 2011 which will allow the City of Dallas to repair our levees."

Somehow I get the cold chill feeling that the above plan will bring the city up to modern standards of where the levees should be today ..But the new inside the levee plans haven't been figured into the formula .

TrinityRiverVisionary
TrinityRiverVisionary

with this news, we will be launching the solar powered water taxis from La Bajada Yacht Club after we condemn all the negros out of West Dallas.

Those negros will be employed at Preston Trails where they will rub Mike Rawlings feet between rounds of golf with his rich, anglo golfing buddies.

fred
fred

Dump the tollway and toll the bridge to pay for it..

Anonymous
Anonymous

I'll cop to being a District 3 constituent, but not a Neumann "fan club" member. Just to set the record straight.

OED_Denizen
OED_Denizen

I didn't notice the Trinity Toll Road on his list but it is in the rendering above. Where does Dave stand on the toll road currently?

yeahIsaidthat
yeahIsaidthat

It's not hyperbole, it's Daves BS. That's what keeps him in office, not his job performance.Half of his promo literature is BS. He didn't do half of it. It was all started under Ed Oakley years ago, but it just took time to come together. Dave just likes to stick his big 'ol 'ho' face in the camera as much as possible. This 'ho' is the loudest, the prettiest, and the one with the most campaign cash in the garter belt.

scottindallas
scottindallas

I was wondering that too. My conspiratorial mind decided that the MHHill bridge is there to gut West Dallas with Eminent Domain, broadly applied. They want to totally change that neighborhood forever. The soil there is so tainted by years of industrial abuse, it should probably be built up with a couple of feet of fill soil. Maybe we can get some federal superfund dollars for that. That would make a convienient excuse to condemn all the land and build D-Bag central. That's not the worst plan in the world. I think all that presents a big enough reason to build that bridge before the other, which would offer little new utility.

Ben
Ben

What park projects? WYSIWYG. Any construction of new projects inside the levees were defunded last fall to fix the levees. The Standing Wave and the Santa Fe Trestle Bridge are the only recreational amenities that will be(are) built inside the levees. Technically they are at the very edge of the levees.

scottindallas
scottindallas

A baseball field hardly creates a problem. If you want an example of fields that flood, go look at Moss Farm. Those fields frequently flood, in fact, were designed to. The higher ground was given to the city and the low land was reserved for the family. Dallas city attys swapped the land, altering the wishes of Harry Moss. The city has since then developed much of its flood plains to parks.

EDM
EDM

My understanding is you cannot charge tolls on new interstate highways (there are toll roads in the interstate highway system because existing toll roads were incorporated into the system and allowed to keep their tolls). Has the federal law been changed?

Thrombotic
Thrombotic

Copping anonymously hardly seems worth it. Just sayin'.

Renegade
Renegade

He doesn't stand on it-- he drives on it! <rim shot=""></rim>

Downtowner
Downtowner

The rendering also shows Reunion Arena so that tells you how old it is.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

He's still very much in favor of it. Among its biggest cheerleaders.

Thelisma Partridge
Thelisma Partridge

MHHill was done first because of all the West Dallas/La Bajada land the insider-informed land speculators snapped up before the bridge plan was made public. There was no money to be made by replacing the I-30 bridge(s) so it was given a lower priority. MHHill goes in first so the speculators can cash in now instead of later.

Ben
Ben

The Harry Moss deal was screwed up because he wanted the land to stay in a natural state. When he passed away the city quickly gutted all that bottomland for the soccer fields. Harry Moss made his money in oil and bought the Moss Farm as a quick weekend getaway location.

Reading about what he intended for the place made it sound like he wanted it to be a nature preserve or educational farm/ranch for city kids. The city just 86'ed that idea and slowly started developing it. They would have developed the upper pasture in the early 80's near the corner of Arborside and Royal had a few folks not stepped in. Regardless, the city allowed a concrete plant to be built there for construction of Royal Lane.

I think the city still has a 99 year covenant with the owners of the horse stable off of Fair Oaks. The city built the new Walnut Hill Bridge over their land in some kind of weird lease deal.

Never trust the city on anything. History repeats itself time and time again.

MattL1
MattL1

It's my understanding that the restrictions have been dialed back a bit in recent years, though I could be wrong...

Anonymous
Anonymous

that was directed to RW since I sent him the email (which was obviously not anonymous). Sorry I did not make that clear.

Markrydell19
Markrydell19

Robert, refresh my memory here... is the toll-road a bad thing because the noise and fumes it will generate will ruin the park/river experience? Or is it something else? Or both?

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

Why does the City of Dallas always seem to do the wrong or immoral thing, when given the opportunity?

Anonymous
Anonymous

hey, you never know. I'm amazed when some of my neighbors who I find to be fairly sensible people talk about the "great things" he has done for our district and the city. It's not that I think Scott Griggs would magically change everything, I just honestly have to scratch my head when I think of a reason Dave Neumann deserves to keep his seat.

Markrydell19
Markrydell19

I see. Sounds like a loser deal... at least from what you say. It wouldn't be the first time Dallas did something asinine, and it certainly won't be the last. Oy vey. I love my city, but she gives me a headache more often than not.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Well, yes, but it's one reason among many that would include: the dangers of sinking a road into levees ad putting a road in a flood way in the first place; and paying for an exorbitantly expensive project for which there's extremely little money.

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