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.