Thank you for taking the time to submit comments in Support of the proposed 3G Intersection Option 1 and Against Option 2.
We hand delivered over 300 comment forms opposing Option 2 to TxDOT this past week.
If you still have a yard sign up please feel free to take it down at this time. You may want to keep it in case we need to pick up the fight again. Also, if you have a large sign we will be coming around this week to pick them.
As of now, we are still pushing forward! We will have more information once TxDOT reviews all of the public comments.
Thank you for all of your support!
The TxDOT 3G intersection comments in support of Option 1 and opposition to Option 2 are due on or before Wednesday, November 28, 2018.
The options that TxDOT offered improved safety inside the intersection, and provided sidewalks and trail connections. However, TxDOT admitted they did not study the impacts beyond the intersection boundary, as they often do on other projects such as the NW Hwy bridge over White Rock Creek.
TxDOT and those who favor Option 2 seem primarily concerned with how fast they can get through this intersection, emphasizing how many seconds (not minutes) it will take.
Some of the Reasons to Oppose Option 2
It takes the traffic from a 6-lane divided State Highway (Garland Road/Grand Avenue) and funnels all of its traffic onto 4-lane residential Gaston Avenue.
Gaston is already OVER-CAPACITY, while East Grand is under-utilized.
It actually makes it impossible to continue in a straight path down the Garland/Grand state highway.
It ignores traffic projections that TxDOT themselves determined.
Changes that will occur under TxDOT’s Option 2
Thank you for all of the support we received at the Final TxDOT Public Hearing last Tuesday night!
We are grateful for those who came to support Option 1 and who told TxDOT and our City Officials that we do not approve of Option 2.
If you were unable to attend the meeting, you can still help us. Please fill out one of the Public Hearing Comment Forms attached below.
One form is prefilled with comments against Option 2. The second form is left blank for your own comments.
FINAL Public Hearing TOMORROW!
November 13, 2018 at 6pm
Location: The Dallas Arboretum.
TxDOT will build Option #2 if we don't show up in force. Your opinion needs to be on record in order for your voice to be heard.
There are 3 ways to speak out against TxDOT's Option #2 tomorrow.
Speak to a court reporter and tell them you Oppose Option #2, and support the community preferred plan Option #1.
Speak to an open microphone for up to 3 minutes, and tell them that you Oppose Option #2 because it re-aligns the state highway onto our overburdened Gaston Avenue.
Fill out and submit a public hearing comment form (provided by TxDOT at the public hearing), and make sure that every adult member of your household does the same.
Primary Flaws of Option 2
The re-alignment of State Highway-78 (SH-78/ aka Garland/Grand) onto our over burdened Gaston Avenue. This re-alignment will force those that wish to STAY on the Highway and continue onto I-30, to take a LEFT in order to do so.
TxDOT’s Option #2 REMOVES a FULL lane of traffic onto Grand. Currently there are 2 FULL lanes from Garland to Grand, and 1 shared lane. Option #2 will only provide 1 FULL lane and 1 short LEFT turn lane to Grand, leaving only 1.5 lanes to accommodate the 18,700 vehicles a day that wish to stay on the highway.
Last chance to be heard!
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will be holding a public hearing in regards to the proposed improvements for the Garland/Grand/Gaston (3G) Intersection.
Please join us at the public hearing:
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
8525 Garland Road
Dallas, TX 75218
Open House from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Formal Hearing beginning at 7:00 p.m.
the Venue Map and public hearing notice below.
We would like to thank Deanna Maria Metzger, candidate for Texas House District 107, for speaking out against Option #2 as the redesign plan for the Gaston/Garland/Grand (3G) intersection.
We appreciate this letter of support and that you are making this 3G intersection re-design a campaign issue in Lakewood.
It is so nice to have a candidate that is willing to speak out and push back against TxDOT and support local issues.
Letter of support from Deanna Maria Metzger
Elizabeth Blackburn and Sarah Lamb, and others have been busy behind the scenes at LCFRT.org.
We attended Town Hall meetings with Councilman Mark Clayton. At the meeting held on August 23, 2018, Mr. Clayton stated that he asked Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to develop a "compromise plan."
After following up with TxDOT this week, it is clear that they will only make "tweaks" (sic) to Option 2 and will not present a compromise plan. The TxDOT official stated that what happens after traffic leaves the 3G intersection is not their concern.
At this point it is up to the City of Dallas to rescind their support for Option 2. Continued pressure must be placed on the city and on elected officials.
We have also:
Met with City of Dallas of officials at the 3G intersection, and walked 2 miles up Gaston Avenue in the morning to see the traffic situation first-hand .
Contacted news organizations, many of which have reported the story in print, on-line, and on local television. We were featured most recently on the front page of the Metro & State section of the Dallas Morning News .
As you may have noticed, more lawn signs have gone up! Approximately 150+ have been delivered, with more being printed to keep up with demand. If you haven't already please request a lawn sign here.
There is still much more to do, and your continued support is appreciated. Let's keep the momentum going and demand that support for Option 2 be rescinded by the City of Dallas.
There are three ways to help advance support for Option #1:
Thank you for your support!
NBC DFW Channel 5 interviewed our own Sarah Lamb on this mornings news segment about the 3G intersection planned changes.
Here is what TxDOT had to say:
According to the news report TxDOT stated, “both Options 1 and 2 have the same traffic volumes. While there are concerns about the impact to Gaston Avenue with this project, Gaston is part of the City of Dallas' roadway system. TxDOT's job is to address safety and mobility concerns at this intersection. Additional concerns about other impacts along Gaston can be addressed by the City of Dallas."
Learn more on NBC DFW Channel 5 News.