Friday, July 11, 2014
TxDOT’s study of Interstate 30 redo will consider lowering road, prepping for a deck park
The Texas Department of Transportation is getting ready to do one of its (famous? infamous?) environmental studies on renovating Interstate 30 east of downtown.
This includes the raised portion that for decades has separated Fair Park from East Dallas and Deep Ellum.
City officials and civic leaders (and some people who work upstairs from me) for years have said they want the highway lowered so those sections of Dallas can reunite and development can be spurred. TxDOT spokesman Tony Hartzel says the study will look at the cost of that — but it’s going one step further. The study will also estimate the cost of installing the infrastructure needed to build a deck park (a la Klyde Warren) should the city decide to construct one.
But don’t get too excited just yet, all you highway-loathers and deck park-lovers. The TxDOT study will just present the costs associated to do the work. What actually gets built will largely depend on how much support for the project TxDOT gets from the Legislature … in the 2017 session.
Brandon Formby- Dallas News