Trail Repairs in Progress Between Abrams and Skillman

Please use caution when using the trail between Abrams and Skillman for the next couple of weeks.

 Dallas Water Utilities crews are repairing areas damaged by construction vehicles during work on the adjacent sewer line. This is will be a great improvement. This section was in poor condition even before work on the sewer started.

Some sections have already been repaired while others have barricades where the concrete was removed. As of yesterday (Jan. 20), one entire section of the trail was demolished and new concrete was poured. There is no paved bypass around these areas so trail users will need to walk, run or cycle through the grass areas on the sides of the trail until the work is completed. Members of the crew said that work on this area of the trail will continue at least into next week.

The Friends of the White Rock Creek Trail would like to express our appreciation to the Dallas Park and Recreation and Water Utilities departments for quickly addressing this issue.

New sections of concrete south of Skillman... a big improvement.

New sections of concrete south of Skillman… a big improvement.

Looking north from Skillman, a entirely new concrete is being poured.

Looking north from Skillman, new concrete is being poured.

Users will need to detour around areas being repaired.

Users will need to detour around areas being repaired.

Cottonwood intersection completed but construction continues

I rode to work via the trail this morning. I’m happy to report that trail construction at the intersection of the White Rock Creek Trail with the Cottonwood Trail is complete. The new intersection is nice! Increase in the width of WRCT to twelve feet makes for smooth sailing through here.

The construction crew also repaved the side trail that leads from the WRCT to the office building parking lot east of the 75 access road. The 75 access road sidewalk-Central underpass sidewalk route to Northaven Road is open again.

Construction, of what looks like the last section of this project, is now taking place west of 75 along the back of the Office Depot/Asian Mint shopping center. A temporary trail has been constructed, so this section is still completely rideable. Based on how quickly construction has been completed so far, this section might be completed next week.

The newly completed intersection of the White Rock Creek and Cottonwood trails. Nice, wide, and smooth!

The side path leading to the 75 access road sidewalk and Northaven Road has been re-paved. This is a popular way to get from North Dallas to the trail.

Construction continues on the west side of 75 behind the Office Depot shopping center, but a temporary trail is in place. This section is passable.

White Rock Creek Trail Reopening Delayed Five Months

North end of the White Rock Creek Trail at LBJ freeway. Closed until March?

 

Due to ongoing construction, the White Rock Creek Trail has been closed at LBJ freeway since early June. Although the original estimate was that the trail would reopen at the end of August, that no longer appears to be the case.

In conjunction with BikeDFW, we requested information about the closure of the White Rock Creek Trail from the LBJ Infrastructure Group (LBJIG), TxDOT, and the City of Dallas. On Monday (Aug. 6), Warren Casteel of BikeDFW contacted Andy Rittler, Corporate Affairs Director of the LBJ Express Project, by email and asked “Can you give us an update on the re-opening of the White Rock Creek Trail at 635?”

We received this email response from Rittler on Wednesday. “We have consulted with the contractor and TxDOT and must continue to work through some of the safety aspects of opening that trail access. After some fairly extensive re-evaluation, it looks as though we are not going to be ready just yet to open that access in August. The lack of signalization/signage and current traffic configurations needed for the time being gives us concern for the biking community as this point.”

Warren followed up by asking, “What is an approximate revised timeline for this opening?”

Andy responded: “Once we have completed the bypass lanes over Park Central and the existing frontage and the heavier traffic is grade separated, LBJIG, Trinity Infrastructure LLC, TxDOT and the City of Dallas will be comfortable opening White Rock Creek [Trail]. It looks [like] our schedule is to complete this by March 2013.” By the way, we noticed yesterday that they updated the LBJ Express web site to reflect this new time estimate.

March is a five month delay over what LBJIG, TxDOT and the City of Dallas originally said. We have to wonder if there will be further delays.

On the bright side, the LBJ crossings at Rosser, Welch, and Montfort have all be reopened. In addition, the Joe Ratcliff Walkway over LBJ, between Midway and Marsh will be opened before DISD starts school on August 27th.

Pleases leave comments below. We want to hear what all of you trail users think.

 

August update on trail construction

The trail is paved under Northwest Highway. However, notice the heavy equipment next to the trail? Photo by Brian Hanson, posted on PBA Facebook page.

 

Northwest Highway

Although the hike and bike path under Northwest Highway has been paved, the trail is not officially open. We contacted Jeffrey Bush of TxDOT today and this is what he said.

“The trail crossing underneath the bridge is still officially closed and use of the crossing is discouraged.  There is still work to be completed in the area, and the “Trail Closed” signs and barricades will remain until the remaining work is completed.”

“We are working with the City to have the signals functioning at West Lawther to allow crossing at the signalized intersection until the trail crossing underneath can be safely opened.”

Hopefully the stoplight will be functioning soon. When it is, trail users will be able to cross Northwest Highway at West Lawther and no longer need to use the detour up to the DART station.

We will post updated information about when the trail will be open again at these construction areas as soon as we receive it.