Councilman McGough would like to inform you an important meeting regarding LBJ EAST PROJECT EXPANSION. TxDOT is holding a Public Meeting regarding the proposed IH 635 LBJ East Ultimate Project from US 75 and IH 30 in the cities of Dallas, Garland, and Mesquite. Please feel free to forward this email to your community.
DATE: Tuesday, April 19, 2016
TIME: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Highland Oaks Church of Christ
10805 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas, Texas 75238
Over the last several months, Councilman McGough has been working with our Transportation champion and Lake Highlands resident Susan Morgan, RTC Chair Mike Morris, Councilmember Kleinman, TxDOT officials, and others, to advocate that our elected officials support the LBJ East expansion project which has been at a standstill for far too long. The RTC passed a resolution for funding and included this project in their 2040 Mobility Plan. During the January Texas Transportation Commission meeting, Mayor Rawlings submitted a letter, signed by CM McGough, Kleinman, and Clayton, requesting the commission to approve and expedite the LBJ East project.
TxDOT has finally taken action to consider this project, now it’s time for your voice to be heard and ensure this is priority project and its design truly addresses the mobility needs in our community.
WHAT IS THIS MEETINGS ABOUT?
The purpose of this meeting is to present the proposed project to the public and receive comments. This project proposes improvement to IH 635 from East of US 75 to south of IH 30 and to IH 30 from West of Gus Thomasson Road to east of North Galloway Avenue. T
This project would reconstruct IH 635 to provide five general-purpose lanes, two tolled-managed lanes, and two to three frontage road lanes in each direction from US 75 to near Royal Lane/Miller Road.
Maps showing the proposed project’s location and design will be available for viewing at the public meeting. This information will also be available for public inspection Monday through Friday between 8am05pm at the TxDOT Dallas District Office located at 4777 East Highway 80, Mesquite, Texas 75150.
WHY IT IS IMPORTANT?
Public comments are used to make changes and adjustments to the design and scope of projects. Your comments can make a difference. We need to speak loudly and with one voice to ensure this project affecting Lake Highlands and District 10 is not only a top priority, but designed to meet the needs of the community.
ISSUES TO BE ADDRESSED BY LAKE HIGHLANDS RESIDENTS
Primary Issues/Areas of Support: Below are positions I have heard most frequently from residents of District 10. Of course, I encourage you to make your opinion known, and I appreciate your feedback, but if you have not dug deep into these issues, I want to provide you some important points to consider.
1. We support the LBJ East Expansion project as presented with 5 free use lanes going each way and 2 tolled lanes going each way (the tolled lanes are only from 75 to Miller road exit and become free east of Miller Road)
a. Main Point: We understand that without the partial tolling of the optional express lanes, the project could be delayed indefinitely, and this project is essential to our quality of life and mobility
- LBJ East Expansion project should be the highest transportation project in the region.
c. We need continuous frontage roads to help with access and provide opportunity for economic development to meet restaurant and retail needs
2. We support expediting the Sound Walls along all residential areas protecting our neighborhoods from the public nuisance of 635
a. Quality of life, property values, and individual peace of mind must be improved with the sound walls that have been promised for years
b. With increased congestion and traffic the issues have increased exponentially, and the proper height and length of the sound walls are essential
3. We support expediting the Skillman Gateway project
a. To increase safety and straighten out the Skillman /LBJ /Audelia crossing
b. We support the signature bridge to provide a real gateway into our community and CONNECT north of 635 with south of 635
HOW WILL WE BE HEARD?
Please make plans to attend if possible. If you do, please feel free to speak publically at the meeting. You can submit comments and questions at the meeting or online. In addition, written comments may be submitted either in person or by mail to Mr. Stephen Endres, P.E. at the TxDOT Dllas District Office, 4777 E. Highway 80, Mesquite, Texas 75150-6643. Written comments must be postmarked by Friday, April 29, 2016 to be included in the Public Meeting Summary.
The time to be heard is now! This project affects the long term vitality of our community! Please make plans to participate in this discussion and lets Support Lake Highlands and all of District 10. #AllInD10
If you have additional questions or comments or believe other considerations need to be addressed, please contact our office and let us know.
Cristal Retana │ Council Assistant
Councilman Adam McGough – District 10
Dallas City Hall
1500 Marilla Street, 5FS
Dallas, Texas 75201