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.
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.