Trinity levees a ‘historic site’? If so, say goodbye to the Tollway.

In a city that never seems that interested in historical properties, this story is almost laughable except that it’s apparently true: The DMN is reporting that the biggest impediment to the Trinity Tollway may be a pending historical designation rather than funding. Read the story yourself to understand the logic, but it seems to boil down to the Army Corps of Engineers determining whether or not the historical contribution of the levees to Dallas is so great that the levees themselves shouldn’t be pierced with a highway. It’s hard to know what to think about this, but I had to laugh at the first comment made at the end of the DMN story by a reader: "Are you kidding me? Levees as a historical site? They are smoking crack at the Corps!!" It makes me wonder if the parking garage torn down to make way for the new convention center hotel should have been considered for historic designation, too …



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  • Gay Hopkins

    Did I miss something in November’s DMN? Did the News publish a report on the corps’ “……55-page research paper produced in November……….” (p2A) and I didn’t see it? This is the first I’ve heard of such a report. Also on p2A the article contains a statement to the effect that a previous analysis by TxDOT that the levees were not historic property “….had been flawed”. The writer doesn’t say in what way the report was flawed. Did it fail to consider some pertinent facts? were people who should have been consulted not consulted? It seems to me the article is short on information.