The Texas Department of Transportation is asking for feedback about the future of I-345. Photo courtesy of the Texas Department of Transportation.

The Texas Department of Transportation is asking neighbors for their feedback about the future of Interstate 345.

It’s one of the shortest highways in the country, spanning only 1.4 miles, but 180,000 cars drive on it each day.

The highway connects Interstate 45 and Central Expressway and divides Deep Ellum and downtown.

Originally, the deadline to submit feedback was July 22, but it was extended to Sunday.

Five options have been proposed.

  • Leaving I-345 as is.
  • Replacing it with a network of boulevards.
  • Rebuilding it as a “depressed” highway, similar to parts of Central Expressway
  • Improving the current highway by adding bridges, ramps and other features to improve access
  • Building a hybrid version

Here’s what District 14 Councilman Paul Ridley told the Advocate about his ideas for the road:

“I-345 is approaching the end of its structural life and there are several options to consider. I-345 has been a barrier separating Downtown and Deep Ellum since it was built. I would like to see that barrier removed and substitute something that liberates the land currently under the highway for economic development and stitching those two areas of the city back together.”

To give feedback, submit comments here. Or, neighbors can mail comments to the department’s Dallas District office at 4777 U.S. Highway 80, Mesquite, TX 75150. A voicemail can also be left at 833-933-0432.

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