CITYMAP PROPOSES MOVING STRETCH OF INTERSTATE 30, REMOVING I-345 ENTIRELY
The Texas Department of Transportation released its Dallas CityMap study Friday, laying out a transformational vision for improving the aging highway system that encircles an increasingly crowded downtown urban core.
Among the study’s scenarios for improving the city’s urban core is the tearing down of Interstate 345, a short stretch of highway that connects Interstate 45 and U.S. Highway 75/Central Expressway between Deep Ellum and downtown’s center, as well as removing a significant section of I-45 itself. Tearing it down would create $2.5 billion worth of new property value, the report said, and lure roughly 12,000 people and 40,000 new jobs.
Another important scenario laid out in the study is a proposal to move a long stretch of Interstate 30 adjacent to downtown to a new route south of Fair Park. It also offered some locations from Oak Cliff to the Cedars and Fair Park where deck parks might be added to bring neighborhoods together.
The plan, formally called the Dallas City Center Master Assessment Process, addresses how some neighborhoods were built in such a way as to create barriers, essentially trapping those neighborhoods from adjoining areas.