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Entire Dallas City Council vetoes freeway soccer fields and more city news

Entire Dallas City Council vetoes soccer fields and more city news

Dallas freeway, I-345
Dallas City Council agreed that a soccer field under this would be a bad idea. Photo courtesy of Christopher Mann

A soccer field got vetoed by the Dallas City Council in a rare unanimous vote. Postal workers held a protest. And a section of 635 will be shut down all weekend.

Here's what happened in Dallas city news this week:

No to soccer fields
The Dallas City Council voted unanimously against the idea of putting soccer fields on a plot of land beneath I-345, in between Deep Ellum and downtown Dallas. The proposal was by Roddrick West, son of State Senator Royce West.

The fields faced opposition for a variety of reasons, including the fact that Royce West is on the Transportation Committee, the fact that there wasn't enough parking, and the fact that putting a sports field in an exhaust-laden zone beneath a freeway didn't seem like a good idea.

Council member Lee Kleinman requested that in the future, TxDOT be more transparent. TxDOT owns the land but it's managed by the city.

Postal workers protest
Members of the Dallas Area American Postal Workers Union held a protest outside the main post office in Dallas at Sylvan Avenue on August 25, seeking support for a $25 billion emergency fund and calling attention to operational changes they say are delaying mail service.

Those include the dismantling of mail-sorting machines. NBC News obtained a photo showing mail equipment that had been taken apart.

Postal workers said that four machines were dismantled from the Dallas office and eight from Coppell.

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has been criticized for removing postal boxes and reducing post office hours, which some fear could impact mail-in ballots for the November Presidential election.

COVID-19 testing at Paul Quinn College
There's free COVID-19 testing at Paul Quinn College on Friday-Saturday, August 28-29 at 3837 Simpson Stuart Rd., from 10 am-4 pm.

It's open to all — no residency or COVID-19 symptoms requirement to be tested — and all screenings are free. Individuals must present identification to get tested. Test results should be received in two to four days.

Regular testing hours at the college are Tuesday and Saturday from 10 am-4 pm. For a full list of testing locations, visit dallascityhall.com/Testing-Sites or call 214-670-INFO. 

635 closure
Texas Department of Transportation will close all southbound lanes on the I-635 bridge over Seagoville Road over the entire weekend of August 28-31. The closure begins on Friday August 28 at 9 pm and stays closed until Monday, August 31 at 5 am.

The closure is a continuation of the Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) project to replace the 50-year-old bridge on I-635 over Seagoville Road in the span of two weekends. It follows the successful demolition and replacement of the northbound bridge lanes in 54 hours last weekend.