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The Long, Slow Death of the Trinity Toll Road, Ctd.

Here’s the lie we voted to approve.

Thirty-six lanes of traffic. If the Trinity toll road were built, that’s how many highway lanes of concrete, in parts, would separate downtown Dallas from the river. Bear in mind that Dallas, through its CityDesign Studio, recently went through an exercise to figure out how we can connect downtown to the river.

On Twitter, Angela Hunt pointed out that the NTTA image you see above is what we voted to build. Here are the current drawings. Follow the link if you want more detail. But here’s an aerial perspective of the road as it is imagined today:


And here’s a cross section:


Patrick Kennedy started counting lanes. He calls it 15 lanes for the Trinity toll road, plus 21 lanes of Riverfront and I-35. Brings us to 36 lanes. Not for the entire length of the toll road. Just in parts. But still. That doesn’t feel connected to me. It feels like the opposite of connected.

  • Red Beard

    Are we have having the wrong conversation about these highways? Whether we build or tear down roads, the issue is always being driven by the commercial construction and real estate industries, which are HIGHLY dependent on municipal and federal tax dollars.

    Should we have a broader conversation about why our economy, media and lifestyles are so dependent on these industries? The Trinity tollroad was proposed because its would be a boon to the construction industry and the $13B in real estate near the Trinity. The I-345 teardown has traction in the business and media community because it would be a boon to real commercial estate.

  • Greg Brown

    A road from nowhere to nowhere. In a flood plain. If they put a river-front restaurant in there it would be perfect.

  • Wylie H Dallas

    Look at the exit ramps from the toll road that rise up from the southbound lanes at the Continental Ave./Woodall Rodgers exit…. they appear to rise up to an elevation of 20 or 30 feet to “jump” across the tollroad and levees, before descending towards Continental. Traffic continuing towards Woodall Rodgers continues descending, to duck underneath the Continental bridge and Margaret Hunt Hill before curving to the left and rejoining the highway.

    What a friggin’ mess.

  • Greg Brown

    I get the feeling they gave this one to the interns as an exercise knowing that it would never be built anyway.

  • jmckee

    Have we found Leppert’s buckets of money yet because I thought when we were last pretending to take the idea of the tollroad happening seriously the fact that basically none of the massive amount of money existed to build it was just a minor detail that we would solve later even though the NTTA was saying that they wouldn’t build it even if they had the money while a lot of the rest of us were asking for all this mysterious extra cash that the city has laying around be used to repair our crumbling basic infrastructure.

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