Jefferson viaduct is really getting bike lanes?

City Councilman Scott Griggs told us of a plan to create a two-way bike lane with traffic barriers on the Jefferson viaduct after an Oak Cliff cyclist was seriously injured there in February.

It looks like the plan really is going to happen. Griggs says the planned Jefferson viaduct bike lanes would cost $157,000 and be paid for with road maintenance funds. The bridge would become a two-way street for motorists, with two 10-foot northbound and two southbound lanes. The two 4-foot bike paths would take the west lane.

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  • I learned last night from speak with Scott that once the streetcar is finished, these infrastructures would be transferred over to Houston St without vehicular traffic.  Jefferson will remain as a two-way street.  

  • Rachel, do you know how we can find out about the intersection designs? This is the trickiest part of any bike facilities, and can easily be the difference between (literally) life and death. I would really like to see how they plan on re-integrating cyclists on either end of the bridge. The councilman’s webpage doesn’t have any more information (that I could find).

    Thanks for the post!

  • The Houston St viaduct will be closing soon to start construction on the street car. The Jefferson project will be permanent and the hope is that Houston st Viaduct will not open again for vehicular traffic, pending council approval.

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