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TxDOT Wants Your Thoughts On The Future Of I-345

Downtown Dallas

The future of a major Dallas interstate is up for discussion starting today.

The state is seeking public opinion on the future of Interstate Highway 345, the overhead freeway bridge in Deep Ellum. The interstate connects to major highways, including east-and westbound I-30 and north- and southbound I-35, U.S.75 and I-45. 

The Department of Transportation is taking public comments on how these major highways running through and around downtown Dallas should change, if at all.

It’s called the I-345 Feasibility Study. Some local activists and developerswant the overhead concrete I-345 dismantled so street-level boulevards can run through a thriving community. One imagined result might include apartments, homes, parks and small businesses — all walkable — where now there are simply roadways. Advocates also say the highways segregate north and south.

On the other hand, taking down I-345 might mean losing well-travelled roads that help residents living north and south of downtown efficiently reach their jobs.

Public meetings will be held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday:

  • Monday, Dec. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the St. Philip’s School and Community Center at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. with a presentation beginning at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. at CityPlace Conference Center, Lakewood Room at 2711 N. Haskell Ave. with a presentation beginning at 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel Ballroom at 400 N. Olive St. with presentations at noon, 4:30 and 7 p.m.

Bill Zeeble has been a full-time reporter at KERA since 1992, covering everything from medicine to the Mavericks and education to environmental issues.