Trinity Parkway

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Trinity Parkway
Route information
Length10 mi (20 km)
Existed2007–2017
Major junctions
North end I-35E / SH 183 in Dallas
South end I-45 / US 175 in Dallas
Highway system

The Trinity Parkway was a proposed six-lane toll road in Dallas, Texas (USA) to run from the State Highway 183/Interstate 35E interchange to U.S. Highway 175/Interstate 45. The Dallas City Council voted 14-1 in 2007 to support a parkway inside the eastern levee of the Trinity River. Dallas City Council had recommended that a "context-sensitive design" be used for the parkway.

The project included 10 miles (16 km) of roadway, one main lane toll plaza, 14 ramp toll plazas and multiple interchanges that were planned to be constructed in part and operated by the North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA). The construction of a new roadway in this area was one of several projects identified in a 1997 major investment study to relieve serious congestion near downtown Dallas. The NTTA had worked with the City of Dallas, the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) on this project.

The project, however, came under increased scrutiny from both the media and local figures in the City of Dallas.[1] At issue was the project's financing, where $1.2 billion of the project's $1.5 billion in funding needed had yet to be identified.[2] Critics had also pointed out that it appeared that the toll road would only provide marginal improvements to congestion in the area by increasing average speeds by two miles per hour.[3] In March 2015, Dallas City Council Member Scott Griggs lambasted the project in a public meeting, calling it "the worst boondoggle imaginable" and claimed it would "cripple economic development".[4]

On August 9, 2017, the Dallas City Council officially voted 13-2 to pull support for the Trinity Parkway, effectively canceling the project.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rogers, Tim. "The Trinity Parkway Is Dead". D Magazine (May 2014). Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  2. ^ Formby, Brandon (3 Dec 2014). "10 Things to Know About Trinity Parkway". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  3. ^ Formby, Brandon (18 Sep 2014). "Trinity Parkway one of 11 projects in 'Highway Boondoggles' report". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  4. ^ Young, Stephen. "Scott Griggs Went In on the Trinity Toll Road Wednesday". Dallas Observer Blogs. Dallas Observer. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  5. ^ Martinez, Krystina (9 Aug 2017). "Dallas City Council Kills The Trinity Parkway Once And For All". Kera News. Retrieved 14 January 2018.

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