A highway ripped Dallas apart. Now’s our chance to repair the damage

I-30 reconstruction needs to be bold plan to pull us back together.

One of state and local transportation planners’ underfunded ideas for easing traffic congestion in Dallas is the Canyon/Interstate 30 project, pictured.(Ashley Landis / Staff Photographer)

Is it possible at long last that there is light at the end of the tunnel?

Or, in this case, a tunnel at the end of the fight?

The fight, and that’s the right word, has been about the future of Dallas and how it should be shaped in the years ahead. The construction of Interstate 30 through downtown in the late ‘50s did incalculable damage to the health of some of the city’s finest neighborhoods.

The division the freeway created ripped South Dallas from East Dallas and downtown, serving as a physical barrier that has promoted economic and racial segregation for at least two generations.

Yes, regional mobility was enhanced, and that mobility increased economic opportunity in Dallas. But we understand clearly now that breaking up neighborhoods with rivers of concrete is poor planning.

State highway engineers at TxDOT have been too slow to acknowledge that. Thankfully, that appears to be changing in Dallas after years of grassroots demands that new construction stitch our city back together.

Which brings us to the tunnel. That’s not quite the right word. The deck over Woodall Rodgers Freeway that became Klyde Warren Park doesn’t quite create a tunnel underneath it. But the feeling is close enough.

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2:00 AM on Nov 4, 2019

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