Will the Dallas bond bring resolution to Garland-Gaston-Grand?

The Garland-Grand-Gaston intersection as it looks today. (Image via Google Maps)
The Garland-Grand-Gaston intersection as it looks today. (Image via Google Maps)

The intersection at Garland, Gaston and Grand seems to draw the ire of neighborhood residents like few intersections can. There have been committees, schematics, plans and meetings in order to make the intersection safer and more efficient. The approaching bond election may move the neighborhood one step closer to a solution.

According to District 9 City Councilman Mark Clayton, the city hopes to provide $1 million in seed money from the November bond election to rework the intersection. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) says that the project will likely cost nearly $6 million. The state says the project is funded at $4.5 million on their end, but that they will work with the City of Dallas and other stakeholders to ensure full funding.

Michelle Raglon of TxDOT says several public hearings and input from various government entities will take place before the project moves forward. In January, the Reverse T came out on top as the favored design for the intersection, with pedestrian and cyclist connections to the Santa Fe Trail. This is still the plan, barring full-throated opposition from the public.

The intersection, which has city- and state-owned roads (Grand/Garland is also State Highway 78), has drawn attention from council members Adam Medrano, Philip Kingston and Clayton, whose districts border the intersection. State legislators Victoria Neave and Eric Johnson, and U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson also have been involved, as well as the North Central Texas Council of Governments.

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Raglon says that  the addition of the Raising Cane’s on that corner will affect traffic flow, and that other small engineering tweaks remain, meaning the final cost is difficult to nail down. Funding for a project like this comes from many places, such as state air quality funds and congestion funds, in addition to TxDOT and City of Dallas money.

She notes the active neighborhood associations have taken ownership of the project and been lively in previous meetings, which TxDOT appreciates. “It is a very engaged community, with lots of questions and interactions,” Raglan says.

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“This is a priority and a safety issue for that area,” she says. “If we could hurry it up, we would. But we cannot surpass all the steps to get it there.”

Stay informed about TxDOT’s local road projects, public hearings and other business at keepitmovingdallas.com.

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  • Non Believer

    Traffic here is bad. Trying to enter and exit Arboretum Village shopping center is dangerous. Cain’s will create a traffic nightmare. Everyone should just take a deep breath and continue to deal with it. Face it, all of the new businesses at this intersection are far better than what was there four or five years ago!

  • Tom

    If you don’t like the traffic, take another route…

  • Ryan

    The Cain’s rush hour drive-thru is going to mess up any traffic studies that have already been completed. They need to start from square one.

  • Stejay Bee

    putting a drive-thru on that corner can’t be a good idea if anyone actually cares about traffic

  • Lakewood Insights

    I’ve got a copy of the plans, but can’t figure out how to attach them. Looks like a reverse circ to WRC.

  • Ian

    Pumps? Not a new engineering issue

  • Melanie Vanlandingham

    The subsequent community meeting chose a much different option. They stressed that reducing speeds and traffic volume on Gaston Avenue (a 4 lane residential street) should be significant goals. Encouraging more use on East Grand (a 6 lane road with left turn lanes and a wide median) into downtown from Garland Road was preferred by most, especially those many residents living on and near Gaston. Eliminate the dangerous free right turn lane onto Gaston from southbound Garland Road – it moves more traffic onto Gaston, has always kept speeds high, and now really poses a danger as development traffic increases at the corner. Make Garland -East Grand a straighter alignment, with Gaston ending at a T-intersection (no merging lanes or large-radius right turn lanes.). It’s time that this intersection be designed to slow speeds and divert vehicles out of East Dallas neighborhoods and provide greater safety to residents, pedestrians, and those biking on nearby trails. Gaston is NOT a highway.

  • Shooshie128

    A tunnel? That area already floods. How would they ever keep a tunnel clear?

  • Matt

    Why not make it a traffic light controlled round-about???

  • Lee Gibson

    I realize lots of people like Raising Cane’s, but the location at Greenville and Milton causes traffic problems during rush hours and no one should think this location will be any different.

  • plsiii

    “barring full-throated opposition from the public” … #roundabout

  • Lakewood Insights

    They should go back to the old tunnel design that was proposed in 2003.