Griggs: Spend Trinity Parkway funds on ‘sturdier streets’

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City crews worked 12-hour shifts this past weekend in efforts to repair potholes caused by the recent ice and snow storms.

Some are deceptively profound, and they can cause expensive damage to cars.

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City Councilman Scott Griggs says he is staying in “constant contact” with the city’s street services department to make sure potholes in our neighborhood are repaired.

He added, in a newsletter to constituents, that the city needs to spend hundreds of millions of dollars in the next few years to repair streets. The city would need to spend $900 million in the next few years to reach its goal of 87 percent satisfaction with roads.

Griggs suggested that the city should spend money on streets instead of the planned Trinity Parkway.

“My hope is that in the coming years, we will be able to take the tens of millions of dollars now set aside to build a tollway inside the Trinity River levees and apply them instead toward sturdier streets and quicker repairs of those that get damaged,” Griggs writes.

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  • Andrew Hudson

    That’s not what was said. Two-way streets have more accidents because of more variables (although they’re of less severity). Slower travelling vehicles pollute more, is a fact, even supported by studies in favor of the conversion. Pollution and vehicle safety are 2 different issues.

    There are many variables at play, and you’re over simplifying the situation. The fact is, pollution affects two groups of people, the elderly and the young. Tyler has a high rise of 180 apartments for low income elderly, and two schools presently of about 1,000 youngsters. But I can understand the lack of concern by those who do not live or spend the majority of their day on Tyler. As I have said on numerous occasions, this is not a simple problem.

  • lakewoodhobo

    Still trying to figure out how high-speed thoroughfares have fewer accidents and pollute less. By that logic, Central Expressway is Utopia and Lower Greenville Ave is a death trap.

  • Andrew Hudson

    I and many others who live on Tyler, access the street by backing onto Tyler out of our driveways and garages! This is extremely difficult presently during morning rush hour and during pickup and dropoff for the neighboring charter school.

    The reference to “boondoggle” is from the councilmembers reference to the river tollroad (which I wholeheartedly support the councilman on) and complaint that no one knows where the tollway idea came from and that no one consulted the stakeholders. Exactly the same tactics used by tollway proponents have been used on the Tyler Street folks. To complain about unfair treatment and then use similar tactics, I believe is the definition of hypocrisy.

    To take a street that is heavily congested and spend millions to slow it down, when simply using speed traps would work seems wasteful to me. Improving walkability when some sidewalks are impassable seems foolish as well. The last meeting on 4/7, there was over 70 people there overwhelmingly opposed to the plan. The only thing discussed was parking! No mention that two way streets have more accidents. No mention that slow moving vehicles pollute more (only a concern of residents, apparently). No mention that successful two way transitions have sufficient commercial density ALL the way down the street! Residents have been largely ignored.

    I have no problem with the change if the majority of businesses and residents want it. I do not mind that you would give preapproval before seeing the final plan… that is your right! But I have lived in the 100 block of S. Tyler for over 20 years and I can see this plan is to appease a handful of small time developers who really have no idea what the results will be and if it doesn’t work, they will be able to return to their homes while we are left with a mess.

    Google two way conversions, Oak Cliff Transit Authority, Bike Friendly Oak Cliff and betterblock.org to see the origins of this plan. Transitions that have improved the environs are similar to Elm and Commerce in downtown, where commercial activity fills both sides of the streets!

    I feel my councilman means well! But even well-intended people can be wrong!

  • lakewoodhobo

    Wow, this is rich. You may not agree with the plan but calling this “hypocrisy” and a “boondoge” is a real stretch. I use Tyler and Polk, and I support the plan, with amendments to the parking restrictions, which Mr. Griggs says he will work on.

  • dump the incumbents

    That’s odd. Is this councilman Griggs the same guy that is proposing the boondoggle of a plan to convert Tyler and Polk to two-way streets with a 3 million (and growing) price tag? Polk is in desperate need of resurfacing and most Tyler street residents and business owners alike oppose this ridiculous waste of money! But the councilman insists his boondoggle is better than the boondoggle to run roadways in the river bottoms! If you haven’t seen the councilman come unglued over river bottom plans, check out his rant on you tube at a recent council meeting. The frustration he is expressing is exactly what he is doing with the Tyler-Polk fiasco victims! No one can tell who is really responsible for this wasteful and needless project and we are being ignored by Griggs just like he is being ignored by proponents of the illy conceived river tollway! Such hypocrisy! Maybe he’s a great politician but he’s a lousy representative who stands in the way of full disclousure when it serves his own interests!

  • Cairenn Day

    I was coming from a friend’s house in Royal/Webb Chapel area and there was a long stretch of I 35 from Royal to almost the 183 merge where it was almost impossible to drive in a couple of the lanes. It seemed that there was almost as much pothole as highway.