$2 million makeover for Jefferson Boulevard begins soon

Photo by Danny Fulgencio

Work to improve the Jefferson Boulevard streetscape could begin as soon as this week.

The boulevard is receiving a little over $2 million from 2012 bond funds, which will go toward sidewalks, crosswalks, lighting and landscaping.

Plans call for trees in the medians and sidewalks, and bricked crosswalks will be added to the intersections at Adams, Bishop, Madison and Zang. Besides that, the stretch of Jefferson between Adams and Zang will be repaved with new asphalt.

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The sidewalks will remain pretty much the same, but the city will repair any cracked and broken places in sidewalks and medians.

Low pedestrian lighting will be added to walkways, and the overhead street lamps will be replaced with new LED ones.

There will still be head-in street parking and a four-lane roadway with no bike lanes.

A previous proposal for Jefferson had called for a wide median with space for kiosks and vendors, a vision based on Las Ramblas in Barcelona. But that plan was scrapped for a more straightforward makeover.

The work is expected to be completed in December.

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  • Chase

    Gentrification at it’s finest. They are running out the Hispanic businesses and people. Raising property tax to run out its residents that have been here for over 30 years. They are running out all the Mom and Pop businesses to make way for big chain stores and restaurants. Businesses that have been here for over 30 years are being forced to move with the rent going sky high. From the people and the houses I see around this area this is the biggest waste of taxes.The Police are crying about their pension funds not being met and we are wasting millions on a project that “might” or “might not” work. Way to go City of Dallas. You really suck

  • Jeffrey Siegel

    Do you know what would be better than that? No cars. Make people walk to use it

  • Kirk Jones

    I couldn’t agree more Jeffrey. Hopefully, this is just a first step in improving the infrastructure on Jefferson. Personally, I would like to see it kind of like Lincoln Road Mall in Miami Beach. I’ve never been to Spain (but I’ve been to Oklahoma) and I’ve heard that Las Ramblas is the best. I think that community gardens on the huge medians between Hampton and Westmoreland on Jefferson are something to think about.

  • Lolotehe

    You know what I would like to see most on Jefferson Avenue? TURN LANES.

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  • Jonathan Braddick

    please stop spending more money on brick crosswalks. They fade and end up looking terrible. just use white and a bit of color

  • Jeffrey Siegel

    Unfortunate that they discarded the Las Ramblas idea. It would have been great and unique for this area