Ambivalence Over Dallas 'Deck Park' Proposal
"A Dallas City Council committee voted Monday to support building a 5.5-acre deck above Interstate 35E near the Dallas Zoo," reports Robert Wilonsky. "But that support wasn’t exactly overwhelming."
The proposal to cap Interstate 35E is part of the $625 million Southern Gateway project, which has encountered controversy in the past over its plan to add toll lanes to two Dallas-area highways.
The recent opposition to the cap park plan, however, came from residents and businesses along the corridor, "some of whom are concerned about being displaced in favor of 5 acres of green space."
Wilonsky's coverage includes details of the four options on the table for the I-35E deck park, ranging in potential cost from an estimated $35.4 million to $118 million. As for the Southern Gateway project, "TxDOT’s hoping to hold a public hearing later this summer in order to get environmental clearance for the Southern Gateway project, and come August it hopes to issue a request for proposals." Thus, the clock for the deck park proposal is ticking.