Click to expand: one piece of the proposed route linking the Central Business District with Fair Park
Click to expand: one piece of the proposed route linking the Central Business District with Fair Park

Sneak Previewing the Latest Latest Plan to Connect Downtown Dallas With Fair Park

On January 23, 2008, the Dallas City Council agreed to pay Civil Associates, Inc. $336,422.22 to develop what was known as the Central Business District-Fair Park Link, which would have run from Hall Street to Interstate 30. The link was part of the 2006 Bond Program: "Construct a new five undivided roadway on new right-of-way from Hall St. to Main St. Secure right of way only to accomodate a six lane divided roadway from Main St. to I-30." But from the looks of the council's agenda for its December 9 meeting, that plan's been changed ... dramatically.

City Hall's been trying to come up with something that links downtown and Fair Park since forever: The idea's been around since the 1980s; it's a big part of the 4-year-old Comprehensive Transportation Plan for the Central Business District; and I seem to recall Laura Miller was the last to push the plan during her Deep Ellum town-halls, when she said such a path from downtown to Fair Park would be just the revitalization spark the neighborhood needed. The council's now being asked to okee-doke a CBD-Fair Park Link that runs from Hall Street to Hickory Street.

Jump for the details, mind mind the hypothetical construction.

This action will establish the alignment and right-of-way configuration for the Central Business District -- Fair Park Link from Hall Street to Hickory Street. The proposed alignment will accommodate a four-lane divided thoroughfare within a right-of-way varying in width from 84 feet at Hall Street to 112 feet wide at Hickory Street. The increased width of the right-of-way near Hickory Street will allow expansion of the thoroughfare from four lanes to seven lanes when the proposed modifications to Interstate 30 are constructed by TxDOT.

A 14-foot wide bike trail will be installed on the Dallas Area Raprid Transit (DART) side of the alignment from Hall Street to the Elm/Exposition intersection where it will connect directly to the East Dallas Veloway, Phase II Extension. A six-foot wide sidewalk will be installed on the Baylor side of the alignment from Hall Street to the Elm/Exposition intersection. The preliminary cost estimate, including design, right-of-way acquisition and construction from Hall Street to Main Street is $6,200,000. The section from Main Street to Hickory Street will require construction funding in a future bond program.

The design's due in a year, with construction scheduled to begin in March 2011. A year later, more or less, all done. So they say.

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