City News Roundup
Historical theater reveals its renovation plan and more Dallas news
This roundup of news around Dallas includes info about your trash, a new free app from the city of Dallas to fight off cybersecurity threats, an update on a historical arts facility, and lots of news about freeways.
Here's what's happening in Dallas this week:
More than half of Dallas will have a new garbage and recycling collection day, beginning December 5. Sanitation has changed the schedule: Recycling and garbage collection are now happening five days a week instead of four, with workers working 8-hour days instead of 10-12 hours a day. Consult here to verify whether your trash day has changed.
FYI: Your trash bin and recycle bin should not be right next to each other. There should be 3 feet of space on all sides so that the trucks can pick them up more deftly. Bagged garbage should be inside the cart, not piled on top of or next to the cart. It's supposed to be set out by 7 am the day of, but not before 6 pm the night before.
Kalita Humphreys Theater meeting
A public meeting meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 7 to present the Kalita Humphreys Theater Campus Master Plan, from 5:30-7:00 pm at the Kalita Humphreys Theater at 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. This is the third public meeting hosted by the Dallas Theater Center, in anticipation of a completed Master Plan to be delivered to the city of Dallas by the end of 2022. The goals are to restore the Frank Lloyd Wright building, while maintaining it as a working theater, to increase green space and open it to the Katy Trail, to activate the space so it can be used all day, and to create new smaller theater spaces for DTC and the local arts community. To RSVP, visit dallastheatercenter.org/kalita-masterplan. The public meeting will also be filmed and provided for viewing on DTC’s website.
Dallas Secure is a new free mobile security app for Apple iOS and Android platforms to protect mobile devices from threats, provided by the city of Dallas in partnership with Zimperium, a Dallas company specializing in foisting off cybersecurity threats. The app works without accessing any personally identifiable information and will not collect or transmit any private data. It will protect against text messages falsely promising holiday deals and coupons, malicious Wi-Fi networks tricking travelers with the promise of a free internet connection, and rogue QR codes deceitfully placed by bad actors. The app issues alerts to threats in real time and offers information on what to do about those threats, preventing attackers from gaining access to data stored or processed on a device, such as personal credit card numbers or sensitive information from a corporation, government or other entity.
Freeways I: Southern Gateway
The Southern Gateway project, a five-year, $666 million project that rebuilt and widened I-35E from Colorado Boulevard to US 67 and widened US 67 from I-35E to I-20, is now complete. The project features non-tolled, reversible managed lanes that help provide a total of seven lanes into or out of downtown Dallas depending on peak travel time demands.
Freeways II: Southeast Connector Project
Texas Department of Transportation broke ground on a new $1.6 billion project to rebuild and widen the Interstate 20 (I-20), I-820, and US 287 interchange in southeast Tarrant County. The project represents the largest investment of TxDOT funds on any roadway project in the history of TxDOT’s Fort Worth District. It'll be complete in 2027.
Freeways III: I-35 closure
Weather permitting, the northbound I-35E direct connector ramp to eastbound I-20 will be closed December 5-11, as part of an ongoing bridge improvement project. Northbound I-35E traffic can detour at Exit 417 (Danieldale Road/Wheatland Road) onto the northbound service road. It's part of a $7.2-million bridge deck rehabilitation project at the I-20/I-35E interchange. The project is expected to complete in early 2023.