Road diet demonstration set to close lanes along Jefferson

Road diet demonstration set to close lanes along Jefferson

From Aug. 21 to Dec. 15 the City of Dallas Department of Public Works and Department of Transportation will conduct a road diet demonstration project along West Jefferson Boulevard between North Hampton Road and South Polk Street.

This road diet demonstration will involve closing one lane of traffic on each side of Jefferson along the project limits for a total of 90 days. By Aug. 18, electronic message boards will be placed on Jefferson near the Hampton and Polk intersections to inform drivers of the lane closures.  Additionally, smaller signs will be placed along the closure to provide the public with information on the temporary road diet project.

Explored as a potential traffic calming solution and requested by Mayor Pro Tem Chad West and Jefferson Boulevard residents and stakeholders, the intent of the road diet demonstration project is to slow vehicle traffic along the road and observe impacts to the neighborhood. This initiative is in collaboration with the Jefferson Boulevard Task Force, the Winnetka Heights Neighborhood Association and the L.O. Daniel Neighborhood Association.

For questions or feedback regarding the Jefferson Boulevard diet demonstration, please contact¬†[email protected] or call 214-507-4443.

Purpose of Road Diets

Along with traffic calming benefits, road diet demonstrations offer a chance to repurpose sections of the roadway to investigate improvements to safety and explore additional accommodations for pedestrians, bicyclists and other modes of transportation.

The City has conducted similar road diet demonstrations before, including one along Greenville Avenue between Meadow Road and Royal Lane in early 2021. As part of the demonstration approximately one-half mile of the northbound right lane was repurposed for pedestrian use as a two-way bicycle track. This temporary track provided a connection between the Sopac Trail and the White Rock Creek Trail.

After a three-month period of collecting feedback from stakeholders, City staff determined the travel lane would revert to vehicular use.

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