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CITIZENS TASK FORCE CONCEPTS

FOR SOUTHERN GATEWAY

TWO CONCEPTS - ONE PROJECT
Central Expressway Model
• Our concept for the Southern
Gateway uses two already
successful models within the
city of Dallas
• The Central Expressway
Model of building below
grade.
• The Klyde Warren Park Model
of decking across the below
grade highway.

Klyde Warren Park Model

HISTORY OF I-35E
This picture was taken in August
1959, just before the Dallas Zoo was
cut off from the core of Oak Cliff.
The view is looking south from
Marsalis Avenue. Notice the
existing residential communities
directly in the path of the Interstate

Dallas Zoo

HISTORY OF I-35E
This photo was taken just over a
year later in October 1960. The
highway’s path through Oak
Cliff including the present day
Zang Curve has been cleared
of homes and businesses prior
to construction.
Dallas Zoo
Severed residential
streets and
connections
Zang Boulevard

HOW CAN WE DO BETTER?
Focus on key improvements to the Southern
Gateway Design

Improved traffic flow and safety measures

Protection against noise and air pollution

Better information to drivers

Minimizing the ROW of the project

Reconnecting the community

IMPROVING TRAFFIC FLOW AND SAFETY

Combine the southbound 12th Street exit with the exit
for Marsalis Avenue

Combine the northbound exit for Beckley/Overton
Road with the Loop 12/Ann Arbor exit using existing
ROW to extend the frontage road

Continue to prohibit hazardous cargo

Provide at least 2 continuous lanes between I-20 and
I-30

Provide a continuous usable shoulder throughout
entire length of project

No thru-lanes should become exit-only lanes

Provide raised reflective lane marker buttons instead
of stripes

PROTECTION AGAINST NOISE AND AIR POLLUTION

Provide acoustic pavement the
entire length of the highway

Put the Oak back in Oak Cliff with
massive tree plantings along the
highway

Prohibit loud braking by trucks

Provide acoustic walls a minimum
of 8 feet high for residential
neighborhoods

PROVIDE BETTER INFORMATION TO DRIVERS

Provide fewer signs but with clearer messages along the highway

No new advertisement signage on residential portions of the highway

Change the electronic signage to provide alternative routes instead of just
travel time using a single route
Examples for NB US-67

Travel Time to I-35E & Inwood Road:
Via I-35E
26min
Via Hampton Rd
28min
Travel Time to I-35E & Wycliff Ave:
Via Polk St
21min
Via I-35E
23min

MINIMIZING ROW

Use the Central Expressway model and put
the highway below grade

Having the highway below grade is a must
between Clarendon and 8th street

Cantilever the frontage roads over the main
lanes of the highway

Cantilever the main lanes over the managed
lanes to minimize ROW in the Zang Curve

It must be below grade from Clarendon to 8th
St. at a minimum

If you can do it for North Dallas you can do
for Oak Cliff

RECONNECTING NEIGHBORHOODS

Provide numerous pedestrian connections
and crossovers at neighborhoods such as
Beckley Club, Beckleywood, Ruthmeade
Place, and Oak Park Estates

Use the Klyde Warren Park Model and deck
over I-35 between Ewing and Beckley to
reconnect the Dallas Zoo with the core of
Oak Cliff

RECONNECTING OAK CLIFF
I-35E today

I-35E with a deck park

Meet me at the Giraffe!

CONCLUSIONS

QUESTIONS?