A couple of weeks ago, the City announced that the plans for the Trinity Parkway, a 9-mile toll road extending from the I-35E/SH 183 interchange down to the US 175/SH 310 interchange, have resurfaced after years of silence.
The North Texas Tollway Authority and the Texas Department of Transportation will conduct a public hearing on the project on May 8 at 7 p.m. at the Dallas Convention Center Arena, discussing the four Build Alternatives as well as possible environmental and economic impacts.
“The primary purpose of the proposed Trinity Parkway is to provide a safe and efficient transportation solution to manage traffic congestion and improve safety in the are of the Dallas Central Business District,” said the City’s recently-released Notice for Public Hearing.
Along with a No-Build Alternative, the four Build Alternatives for the toll road include 2A and 2B, which both follow the existing Riverfront/Irving Blvd. route, 3C would follow the east levee of the Dallas Floodway and 4B would be a split route with north and southbound lanes generally following along the east and west Dallas Floodway levees.
Each Build Alternative, according to the notice, encroaches upon floodplains and wetlands within the project area. The project also has the potential to impact land-use, single-family residences, businesses, water and air quality, noise conditions and cultural resources. “Potential displacements from the Build Alternatives vary from 6 to 11 single-family residences and from 24 to 272 commercial building displacements,” the notice said.
The notice does state, however, that the project was prepared in cooperation with the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Army Corp of Engineers. For details on how the Build Alternatives will impact the above factors, as well as the levee remediation plans, you can download the Limited Scope Supplemental from the NTTA website. Benefits and services for displacees can also be obtained from the NTTA.
Though the project has been opened back up for discussion, it still lacks over $1 billion in funding. If you would like to attend the public hearing on May 8 or simply read more about the project, go here.