Lighting Up the Deck Park Tunnel

Tunnel under Woodall Rodgers park dark, scary

By Bruce Felps
|  Friday, Sep 2, 2011  |  Updated 3:46 PM CDT
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TxDOT says the dimly lit area under the soon-to-be park over Woodall Rodgers will be lit up by the first part of 2012.

Kristi Nelson, NBCDFW.com

TxDOT says the dimly lit area under the soon-to-be park over Woodall Rodgers will be lit up by the first part of 2012.

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by Bruce Felps

Progress on The Park over Woodall Rodgers Freeway continues to, well, progress, and as one layer closes in, the layer below, street level, gets darker and darker.

A park over a freeway, with all its associated vehicular exhaust and noise, doesn’t make a lot of sense to me — “No, honey, that smell isn’t the potato salad. It’s fine. You’ll eat it and you’ll like it.” — but that’s a different story.

We are gathered here today to talk about the resulting traffic tunnel beneath the park.

According to Pegasus News, at least one commuter from Las Colinas gets a little unnerved driving through the tunnel on her way to and from work at SMU. Too dark, she said, apparently failing to grasp the concept of headlights.

Still, you do not want to drive next to another motorist having an anxiety attack, not that the quoted person in the PegNews, that’s what they call it, story has panic attacks under there or anywhere else. Just sayin’.

Fear not, little one, for soon there will be light. TxDOT plans to install lighting throughout the tunnel by about mid- to late summer, which really means November the way public construction jobs go around here.

After the lights go in, then we can worry about the potato salad.


Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He hears that Northwest Highway in from Las Colinas works pretty well. Yeah, traffic lights vs. traffic jams — six of one …
 

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