Help decide the future of Gaston-Garland-Grand at this month’s public meeting

The newly proposed Garland-Grand-Gaston intersection. (Courtesy of TxDOT)
The newly proposed Garland-Grand-Gaston intersection. (Courtesy of TxDOT)

The future of Gaston-Garland-Grand is still up for debate, and neighbors will have another chance to weigh in. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the City of Dallas will conduct a public meeting next Thursday to solicit opinions from neighbors.

The current plan was chosen during a December 2016 meeting, when the ‘Reverse-T” design (pictured) was preferred by only eight people, the most any design received. This will be one of a few meetings to take place, and the state will move forward with this design barring “full-throated” opposition, said Michelle Raglon of TxDOT.

The intersection has been the cause of much discussion the past couple years after City Councilman Mark Clayton asked for a traffic study on the busy intersection. Garland Road is State Highway 78, and is used by commuters coming from northeast of Dallas to get downtown and avoid highway traffic. The fact that the intersection includes both city and state roads, and sits on the line between city council and state government districts has further complicated the matter.

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The Friends of Gaston (FOG), whose motto is “Lift the Fog. Expose the Truth,” released a notice encouraging neighbors to attend and speak out against the proposed design.

The flyer reads: “The goal seems to make Gaston a highway through our neighborhoods simply so people who live in the suburbs can get into faster and easier. What about us?”

The public meeting is Sept. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mount Auburn Elementary School, 6012 E.  Grand Ave.

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  • Foster Mac

    Yep, all of these confederate “heroes” should be ‘honored’ somewhere in a confederate museum, so that future citizens can study what an enemy of America looks like. That would make it history, not HIS-story.

  • Foster Mac

    Good eye, Janine.

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  • How does one get in touch with the Friends of Gaston?

  • Melanie Vanlandingham

    KEEP HIGHWAY TRAFFIC on HWY 78 – Keep Garland Road –East Grand highway traffic out of our neighborhoods! These two streets are really just one – State Highway 78! This is a chance to IMPROVE safety along smaller neighborhood collector streets (including Gaston) designed to serve our homes, residents, and local businesses –not highway traffic. Good re-design can slow down speeds, improve driver AND n’hood safety, increase biking and walkability, and boost n’hood businesses. The current TxDOT approach DOES NOT meet these goals – but it COULD. More public meetings are needed to hear East Dallas residents so that TxDOT and the City develop the best plan. Go to the meeting when it is rescheduled and insist on additional public meetings to support more enlightened design to reduce traffic and speeds, and improve safety in neighborhoods!

  • Robert Taylor

    Traffic circle! And don’t say we can’t do it. It’s not just a European thing. Hell, they have them in small Oklahoma towns.

  • Janine

    This really doesn’t look much different than what is there now. They just dressed it up a little with some stained concrete and tried to pass it off as new.

  • tomcat

    There is a site that I saw this morning that the city of Dallas has already completed s study on what cost would be to rename several streets mostly in East Dallas. Gaston would cost $44,000. I’ve lived in Lakewood for 67 years. This is all a shame what is happening to history.

  • Low. The saving grace is that the historical Guy Montags are historically illiterate, so they won’t have any idea who Gaston was. You can see this in them calling for Franklin to be stripped of his schools, while ignoring that he was an outspoken abolitionist.

  • tomcat

    What do you want to bet at this meeting that someone will want to change the name of Gaston Ave. After all he was Confederate figure……Mark Clayton voted for the removal of the Lee statue.

  • Gaston is a highway. Making traffic worse won’t change that.

    Right now, Gaston is a collision factory. Some sort of turn lane solution is what is really needed, but cleaning up that intersection will go a long way towards safety.