Traffic backs up on Sylvan at Interstate 30 during rush hour. Photo courtesy of Sandy Bates Emmons

Traffic backs up on Sylvan at Interstate 30 during rush hour. Photo courtesy of Sandy Bates Emmons

When Sandy Bates Emmons of Wynnewood North heard of plans to take Sylvan Avenue from six lanes to four, she started documenting her commute on that road.

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A screenshot from a traffic app shows delays in every direction near Kessler Park. Courtesy of Sandy Bates Emmons

A screenshot from a traffic app shows delays in every direction near Kessler Park. Courtesy of Sandy Bates Emmons

Emmons says traffic already is bad on Sylvan at rush hour, and taking away two lanes just makes it worse.

Most evenings, her traffic app shows nothing but red from West Dallas to Kessler Park. Among her biggest pet peeves for Sylvan, however, is the “Private Drive” stoplight for Sylvan Thirty.

It is “very poorly placed in a short block between multiple congested avenues and freeways,” she says. “I can count on my fingers how many times I have actually seen a car exiting or entering on that private drive, yet it affects thousands of other cars on a daily basis.”

With new residential developments coming fast and furious to Oak Cliff, and with a continued lack of jobs here, commuter traffic will become unbearable, she says.

“We are all going to be prisoners soon because more gridlock is coming when you put more vehicles on poorly planned and poorly maintained roads,” she says.

More photos:

Traffic backs up on Sylvan at Fort Worth Avenue during the evening rush hour. Photo courtesy of Sandy Bates Emmons

Traffic backs up on Sylvan at Fort Worth Avenue during the evening rush hour. Photo courtesy of Sandy Bates Emmons

Motorists try to skirt rush hour traffic on Sylvan by taking Kessler Parkway. Photo courtesy of Sandy Bates Emmons

Motorists try to skirt rush hour traffic on Sylvan by taking Kessler Parkway. Photo courtesy of Sandy Bates Emmons

A line of rush hour traffic near the Belmont Hotel at dusk: Photo courtesy of Sandy Bates Emmons

A line of rush hour traffic near the Belmont Hotel at dusk: Photo courtesy of Sandy Bates Emmons

Traffic backs up on Sylvan Avenue during the morning commute. Photo courtesy of Sandy Bates Emmons

Traffic backs up on Sylvan Avenue during the morning commute. Photo courtesy of Sandy Bates Emmons