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Dallas Mixes Residential Development With a Road Diet, Gets Controversy

The Dallas City Council approved a road diet for Knox Street in Dallas, where 1,000 residential units are under construction on an already thriving commercial corridor.
August 29, 2016, 1pm PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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The intersection of Knox and Travis in Dallas, scene of a road diet controversy.

According to Robert Wilonsky, the Dallas City Council recently approved a plan to reconfigure Knox Street from four lanes to three between McKinney Avenue and Travis Street. The changes are "intended to fix a terrifying parking experience and render narrow sidewalks more walkable…"

The project provoked heated rhetoric from longtime business owners on the corridor. Wilonsky devotes plenty of ink to their case, which argues that the corridor's regional draw requires more vehicle lanes to prevent congestion.

The project will cost $734,700, paid for by 2012 bond funds. "It's expected to begin within a year, and take about 12 to 18 months to complete," according to Wilonsky. The corridor got a temporary traffic calming and reconfiguration makeover back in 2012.

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Published on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 in Dallas News
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