New TxDOT Report Says We Should Tear Down I-345

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Today is like Christmas for transportation and urban-planning dorks. And TxDOT is Santa Claus. Today the agency released its much-anticipated Dallas CityMAP report, a big study of the highway system in and around downtown. I’m still reading through it (it’s 351 pages long). You can check out what Brandon Formby thought of it here. His lead: “A surprising yet powerful voice is joining the chorus calling for a sea change in downtown Dallas’ car-centric infrastructure building: the agency that typically pours the concrete.” But here’s the thing that jumps out at me: the agency’s analysis of I-345.

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Tearing down that elevated highway will create $2.5 billion worth of new property value, bring 12,000 people and 40,000 jobs to the city, and earn Dallas $80 million in additional revenue. There’s really only one downside that I can see. TxDOT doesn’t think we can start the actual tear-down process till 2037.

Comments

  • Bring it down. Since moving to Far East Dallas, I don’t even bother with it or 30. I just take Gaston home.

  • Kathy Wise

    In 2037 I’ll be…65.

    • Mike Dunlap

      At least you hope so.

  • Don Brosey

    2037?!?

  • Mike Dunlap

    At least you’ll be able to teleport yourself to the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

  • Mavdog

    What, TxDOT says to remove a freeway???

    I’m scanning the sky looking for those flying pigs….

  • Don Brosey

    This is pretty incredible. I remember going to the first TxDOT public input meeting in 2013 (I think) about I-345 and the tearout option wasn’t even one of the 9 alternatives presented.

  • Ed Woodson

    This is fascinating. This report is being hailed as a victory by the new urbanists. However, it clearly states that “very little” traffic on 345 both originates and terminates outside the loop. This means little of the traffic is actual “through” traffic. Which is exactly contra to Kennedy’s prior assertions.

    In addition, while validating the growth potential of a tear down, I don’t see anything supporting the assertion of minimal traffic impact. Quotes below:

    “Congestion delay experienced on the overall 2040 MTP network would increase, especially on the thoroughfare network.”

    “Thoroughfares in East Dallas, Deep Ellum, and the Cedars would all experience a major increase in daily traffic volume.”

    “Intersecting major arterial streets would likely experience peak hour traffic queues and congestion delay.”

    • Ed Woodson

      Looks like the Horseshoe / Mixmaster would bear the brunt of the freeway effects. Which is logical. And downtown thoroughfares take the rest of the traffic. All three scenarios are materially worse than the current plans (essentially 345 and other highways “as is”). And those studies assume the rest of the improvements to the canyons (Pegasus Project) and Trinity Parkway ar done. That means if you tried to do 345 earlier, before capacity is improved elsewhere, the effects Luke be even worse (remember a new Dallas wanted 345 down ASAP, to hell with logical sequencing of projects…)

  • Eric Foster

    Now that the land under and around has been sold into the proper hands its okay to tear it down?

    • bmslaw

      The “land under” has not been sold to anyone since the construction of the road–it is the property of the State of Texas. What evidence do you have for any sales of the “land around”? Where are your facts? Who sold what to whom, and when, and where is the sold land located, exactly? Or are you just blowing smoke?