It's Alive: Council to Get Trinity Corridor Transpo Update, Including That Dang Toll Road

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Speaking of transportation projects across and around the Trinity River ...

Saturday's hike-n-bike installation perched atop the Cedar Crest Bridge is one of myriad items about which the city council's Trinity River Corridor Project Committee will hear this afternoon, following its field trip to and walk across the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. Also included in the Trinity River Corridor Project Update on Transportation briefing: the Sylvan Avenue bridge makeover that's going to close Trammell Crow Park for a long while, the Continental Avenue bridge do-over as an elevated park, the Margaret McDermott Bridge that the city clearly can't survive without, Dead Man's Curve, the Beckley-Commerce intersection (which we last touched on almost three years ago) and ... look, the list is lengthy.

Some of the projects you may not even knew existed -- like, say, the South Lamar redo from IH45 to Haven Street, design of which won't even begin for two years ... so they say, though it doesn't much matter, because right now they need around $7.3 million and are lacking ... carry the one, add the three ... $7.3 million. Then again, the Cadiz Street redesign, from Riverfront to Lamar, is fully funded: $4.3 million, just waiting on the design due at year's end.

But, of course, the reason Schutze is keeping an eye on this briefing today is the Trinity Parkway or toll road or whatever that zombie's going for as Halloween this year. Says the briefing, it's not dead at all, merely resting:
In October 2011, [US Army Corps of Engineers] sent a letter to Federal Highway Administration, stating that based on their preliminary studies of the levees, [North Texas Tollway Authority] can use their previous assumptions on levee side slopes in their EIS [environmental impact statement] documents. NTTA's Trinity Parkway Final EIS is expected in 2012; however, construction cannot start until Corps' EIS on the Dallas Floodway is complete in 2015.
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Larry
Larry

You know, we tried to drive a stake through the toll road via the 2007 referendum. Thanks to the dumbass electorate in this city, here we are, and here we will probably stay for years to come.

Metropolexual
Metropolexual

RE the South Lamar redo from I45 to Haven St..What would that do to the big giant Friday night happy hour all along far South Lamar? 

Paul
Paul

Will somebody please drive a wooden stake through the heart of this beast?

bbetzen
bbetzen

If that 2007 election on the toll road had been more clear that voting NO meant you wanted the toll road, then Dallas could have saved millions of dollars: http://www.studentmotivation.o...

We could now be closer to the real solution of redirecting all through traffic around Dallas and not through the center of our city. I am certain downtown residents would want cattle trucks from Florida going to Amarillo to drive around Dallas and not through the mixmaster: http://www.studentmotivation.o...

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

One (of many) good thing about Leppert's departure is that at least the City can move forward on some of these other important transportation projects.

As folks will recall, Leppert was insistent that none of the stuff related to the Mixmaster, Pegasus, etc. (except the bridges) could be done without the Tollway (which was supposed to serve as some sort of reliever route).

Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

It seems that the city has a tragic obsession with the Trinity River Toll Road.  Makes me wonder if they can handle any money responsibly?   They (the city) is gearing up for another bond proposal for 2012 and the way that they act is like a megaphone telling the citizens that “no we can’t act responsibly with any money as we will be sure to squander it on Toll Roads, and suspension bridges.   Oh yes and you will get even higher taxes so we can fuel our obsessions for waste.”

Downtown_worker
Downtown_worker

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"-McDermott replaces IH-30 Bridge...Frontage roads (4 lanes) will have signature elements"Has Calatrava released his updated design for the I-30 bridge? This sounds like they are keeping the 2 arches on the outer lanes but removing the 2 arches near the median.

Mike
Mike

The Corps is just handing the Council another nail for the coffin.  The Floodway EIS not done till 2015 means you can waste time designing the road, but won't really know anything until after that date.  Then Corps or other parties can challenge the tollway design, if already done, if it does not conform to every detail in the latest impact report.  Nobody on the Council now will there then and they may as well not bother.

williamedia
williamedia

Silver bullets and a wooden stake through the heart for good measure? After all at first the Trinity road was supposed to be nice parkway avenue in the original Trinity vote in 98. Then maybe under the light of a full moon it mutated into a multi-lane nightmare of a tollway too costly for any of us to comprehend. Today it still wakes up and sucks the life blood out of the whole Trinity project as well as money that could be used on other projects so Zombie may not be the right word.

tony
tony

Kill it with fire!!!

S Aten
S Aten

Any update on the projected cost for the "Zombie Tollroad"?   Last estimate was over $200 million a mile and that was years ago.

TimCov
TimCov

Good grief. I think that zombie is a very good description of the Trinity toll road. People keep killing it, and it keeps on coming back.

Ben
Ben

That party happens further south, past the Borden Dairy to the old Central Bridge. It's crazy awesome down there on saturdays before sunset. Earlier this summer an 18 wheeler full of HDTVs was hit by a train down there, on a weekend night, in front of all those people. Train opened that trailer full of TVs like a can opener. I'm not sure how many TVs came up missing, quite a few. Even now you can go down there at that crossing on Lamar and find parts of TVs and HDTV cardboard parts.

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