Trinity Parkway Should Be Built Because Other Roads Were Built Elsewhere, Vonciel Hill Says

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Turns out, Dallas and TxDOT didn't need the Trinity Parkway in order reconstruct the Mixmaster or S.M. Wright or to build the lakes and parks packaged with it when voters twice approved the project. Nor, people now seem to be realizing, is the completed road going to look anything like the slim, handsome stretch of pavement from the renderings.

What's left? Why, in the absence of any funding or compelling need, and with the folly of urban highways now crystal clear, should we build the road?

To City Council member Vonciel Hill, chair of the Transportation and Trinity River Corridor Committee, the answer is fairness.

See also: Are Former Trinity Toll Road Defenders Lining Up at the Confessional?

All of the major road-building projects in the region (e.g. the Chisolm Trail Parkway and the Sam Rayburn Tollway, the Bush Turnpike) in recent years have been north of Interstate 30. It's high time the southern sector gets in on the action.

"The [Trinity] Parkway serves the people south of 30, the people coming out of southern Dallas and Pleasant Grove, and so now all of a sudden some folks want to say we can't find money?" Jones said, rebuking council colleagues who suggest the city abandon the project for lack of funding (among other things). "That is fallacious."

Jones made a parallel argument at this month's meeting of the Regional Transportation Council.

See also: Dallas Councilwoman Vonciel Hill: I-345 Tear-down Would Be a Disaster

Then, she was arguing that the parkway was a necessary prerequisite for tearing down I-345, which she opposes in any case. Now, her argument for the parkway has been reduced to envy. It's arrogant, she suggested, for those representing northern Dallas, motoring comfortably down their wide new freeways to turn around and say southern Dallas "can get on with public transit and bicycles and walking. I reject that argument."

Hill, the most powerful voice on the council when it comes to transportation issues, also rejects the notion that the Trinity Parkway is a cancer that will eat away at Dallas' core.

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Annonnymous
Annonnymous

Vonciel was once a Municipal Court Judge. Let's think about that for a minute.

bryanr01
bryanr01

Could someone please buy this woman a map?  And maybe show her how far apart Pleasant Grove and the Trinity Toll Road are? 


And, she does know you have to have a credit card to get a TollTag, right?  Wasn't she worried that Uber would not come pick up people from South Dallas because they didn't have credit cards? 

scottie1620
scottie1620

Vonciel Hill is a blathering idiot! That woman's knowledge of anything would fill a 1/4 tsp. measuring spoon. The Trinity Toll Road Project was a disaster from Day One, and it remains a disaster today. The very idea of spending over $200 Million to build a "WORLD CLASS" recreation venue along the banks of the Trinity River, and then put a toll road in the middle of it, is about as stupid an idea as was ever hatched in Dallas. May, 2015 cannot come fast enough, at which time we will finally be rid of this loudmouthed windbag who raises illiteracy to a new level.

snotme
snotme

Her point might be valid but the Parkway is a toll road and does in no way help the people of South Dallas we supposedly look down our noses upon. If it were a freeway, then she might have a beef. Though at least she isn't telling people they'll drown in Cadillac Heights if they don't build this road, like EBJ told them.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

Does she not realize those projects are toll roads.  So is she saying she wants to toll her constituents to get North?  

s.aten
s.aten

This is her last term.   She is probably seeking extra funds before she leaves the council.

kyndbrah
kyndbrah

I guess her check doesn't clear until this stupid idea for a highway gets built.  

WylieH
WylieH

Who writes Vonciel Jones Hill's scripts?  Seriously.  Who writes her scripts?

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

I'd like to hear her explain how exactly a Trinity Tollroad would help Pleasant Grove. They're nowhere near each other. It's like claiming I-20 helps Preston Hollow.

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

How does being on that committee make her an expert on anything?  The whole council votes on everything.  It was demonstrated during redistricting that the committee vote does not mean bupkis.  Same situation here.

DeLaNate
DeLaNate

Here's my question: Is this thing going to be built or not? I read about it all the time, but am still not sure if it's a done deal yet or maybe no one really knows from the sound of it.

d-may
d-may

"Southern Dallas can get on with public transit and bicycles and walking."

Sounds like an urbanist's utopia.

elbuenonobueno
elbuenonobueno

Pity those poor south dallas folks who can't get anywhere because they don't have a tollroad...

James_the_P3
James_the_P3

Well, for one thing, her argument is just plain wrong.  The reconstruction of the Mixmaster is (at least half) south of I-30.  The reconstruction of 175 is south of I-30, as was the widening of I-35E through southern Dallas, Duncanville, and Lancaster.

Greg820
Greg820

Far from a "connector" for North and South Dallas, this plan looks much more like a wall.  

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

While I'm not one to bemoan road construction, and I'm against tearing out I 345, this tollroad is a stupid idea.  It won't ease traffic on existing freeways, it doesn't take traffic away from the city core, and maintenance costs will be exponentially higher than normal due to the inconsistent nature of the supporting soil in the floodplain.  Not to mention, it's in ... the floodplain.

South Dallas and Pleasant Grove are served by I 45, Hwy 175, I 645 and Hwy 67.  There's multiple ways of getting from home in the southern sector to work north of 30. I do it every day, formerly by driving, and recently using DART.  There really seems to be no good reason to build the Floodway Tollway, and a host of reasons why we shouldn't.

Anon.
Anon.

Being committee chair does not make her right.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@WylieH

Someone who ain't gettin' paid.

scottie1620
scottie1620

@P1Gunter Vonciel is too stupid to understand your point. That is what makes her the laughing stock she is, and she is joined by her compatriot Betty Culbreath on the Plan Commission. Two of a kind - both fat and stupid, but willing to carry the water for the Dallas Citizens Council.

snotme
snotme

It all hinges on funding they do not have because of how expensive the road will be.

casiepierce
casiepierce

@James_the_P3 Duncanville? Lancaster? Who cares? Those aren't Dallas. And besides, South Dallas proper is geographically closer to North Park Mall than 'those" places.....

d-may
d-may

@Anon.  No, it actually says she is a dumb enough puppet to be comfortably given the position.

scottie1620
scottie1620

@snotme It hinges on a lot more than just funding, which is nowhere near available. It also requires the USACE to sign off on the project, and so far USACE has refused. They have some serious questions about what happens when you build a structure that displaces water in a flood control zone and what building the road will do to weaken the already weak levees that protect most of Dallas from Trinity floodwaters.

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