Gaston Ave

New road project aims to fix one of East Dallas' busiest intersections

New road project aims to fix one of East Dallas' busiest intersections

White Rock Lake runners
Runners and bicyclists matter, too. Photo courtesy of Visit Dallas

A busy intersection in Lakewood due for improvements will be in the spotlight at a public hearing hosted by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the city of Dallas.

It's the hot-hot intersection of Garland Road, East Grand Avenue, and Gaston Avenue, and it even has a nickname: 3G.

A proposed project would reconfigure the intersection with the goal of improving traffic and mobility. According to a release, improvements would include:

  • adding bicycle and pedestrian accommodations
  • widening the existing bridges over an unnamed tributary to White Rock Creek
  • adding turning lanes

According to a TxDOT spokesperson, the improvements address what is anticipated to be increased traffic in the area, not just cars but pedestrians and bicyclists, too. The intersection encompasses three trail heads — White Rock Trail, Santa Fe Trail, and White Rock Creek Trail, which is expected to open in early 2019.

This has been a long public involvement process dating back to 2015, with meetings between TxDOT, elected officials, and citizens. The cost is approximately $5.5 million and is anticipated to start in 2021 with completion within one year.

The intersection is a bit of a Bermuda triangle, not only because of traffic, but also because it's a nexus for three Dallas City Council districts: 2 (Adam Medrano), 9 (Mark Clayton), and 14 (Philip Kingston).

The area has also seen a big influx in development, with new apartments and businesses including the boom from Arboretum Village, home to the Tom Thumb, PetSmart, White Rock AleHouse, and more.

After half a dozen meetings with public input and five proposed design options, TxDOT settled on one called the "Option 2, Reverse T," which they say will decrease congestion and bottlenecks, as well as enhance pedestrian and cyclist safety.

Option 2 is supported by the city of Dallas. It's fully funded by the state and is part of the recently passed city bond election.

Many stories have been written about the project, which have provoked heated comments from neighbors fearful that changes would increase traffic on Gaston Avenue.

They launched a sign campaign, despite the fact that the public does not get a vote in the process. But in a study, TxDOT found that traffic on Gaston Avenue will remain the same.

A website called keepitmovingdallas has all the info, including all of the options, which are fun to look at if you like satellite shots and tiny black arrows.

The meeting is on Tuesday, November 13, at the Dallas Arboretum, in Rosine Hall, at 8525 Garland Rd. It'll begin with an informal open house from 6-7 pm, followed by a formal presentation at 7 pm.

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