The Gaston-Garland-Grand public meeting now has a date and time

Gaston-Garland-Grand haunts both neighbors and officials, as both sides work together to find a plan that improves safety, traffic flow, and appearance. The intersection sees 300,000 cars a day and is one of the most dangerous in Dallas, according to the Dallas Police Department.

The rescheduled community meeting will take place on Jan. 18 in Rosine Hall at the Dallas Arboretum from 6-8 p.m. Representatives from TxDOT and project consultants will answer questions about the project, but there will not be a formal presentation. TxDOT hopes to receive public comments about the map, design and construction schedules.

For months, public meetings and presentations to neighbors and stakeholders resulted in several options, ranging from a traffic circle to the more traditional “Reverse-T” formation, which is currently the preferred plan, though nothing is finalized. Pedestrian and bicycle improvements are part of the new plan as well.

Officials rescheduled a public meeting slated for October after neighbors responded with unexpected numbers. TxDOT thought that Mount Auburn Elementary might not be large enough for the community members who wanted to attend.

Because the area includes city and state-owned roads, and state representatives Victoria Neave, Eric Johnson and City Councilmen Mark Clayton, Philip Kingston and Adam Medrano’s districts all intersect at G-G-G, decision making is complicated.

The meeting will be an open house format where neighbors can view the proposed project and give public comments. The project location map, schematic design, tentative construction schedules, and other information regarding the project will be also be available for review from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. at the TXDOT offices, at 4777 East Highway 80 in Mesquite.

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  • plsiii

    Yeah, I went and visited TxDOT at the physical address mentioned in the article… after 40+ minutes and being re-directed to different buildings multiple times, speaking with 5 different people, I finally spoke to a gentleman named Travis. He was on his way to a meeting so I didn’t get much time to speak with him, and only a single sheet of information (11×17 showing the “reverse T” diagram) but he is the project’s manager and seems fairly engaged…Also FYI no one is in the office from 12-1… My takeaway from the long but brief encounter was that TxDOT would have a power point slide show running while they focus on the proposed “reverse T” option with whoever shows up to the meeting in January. I was also told that I/we should come with questions and that the option they’re discussing wasn’t necessarily the final solution, but the one that abutting landowners and Dallas’ political will was behind.

    I was also told that ALL 5 proposed solutions handled the traffic volume roughly equal and adequately …. which leads me to #timeforaRoundabout! No electrification needed, continual traffic flow in the direction of predominate travel, fun for timid drivers, fun yard art in the center… and it comes up just short of my true desire: 🙂

    Finally, I asked about returning/handing over Garland Road aka Hwy 78 to the City of Dallas, because let’s be honest it really should be a city street and not a State Highway! It would also resolve the finger pointing (from the city to TxDOT) when inquiring about maintenance and other issues (read sidewalks, bike lanes, pedestrian crosswalks, traffic calming measures etc…) along the roadway. OF course they’d be happy for the city to take control and I assume the city isn’t interested due to costs of ongoing maintenance and liability.

    Nevertheless Garland Road needs much attention, 6+ lanes separating thriving neighborhoods and visitors alike from the fantastic amenities the lake, park and arboretum offer is a total drag not to mention businesses that could benefit if people were encouraged to linger not just auto in and out.

  • Thanks for the update, Ryan. We do not know of any other online resources at the moment, but we’ll post them here if we find them.

  • What appears to be the official page for the Gaston/Garland/Grand project returns an “Access Denied” error (link below). For a project where public visibility has arguably been a challenge, this is a most unfortunate and curious oversight.

    Do we know of any other official TXDot online resources for this?

    From the State Highways section on TXDot’s Keep It Moving Dallas Page:

  • plsiii

    Any chance this information (available in Mesquite) is online somewhere?