Tyler and Polk could become two-way streets by the time Oak Cliff commuters return from work today.
What started as a $2-million idea to fix this “two-way coupling” more than eight years ago blossomed into a $6.4-million reality that took more than two years to construct.
The change is meant to slow traffic and create better walkability and access to retail storefronts on Tyler and Polk, which were converted to one-way streets in the mid-20th century. At that time, city planners wanted to move traffic quickly past Oak Cliff from the suburbs to Downtown.
Construction started on the roundabout at Canty in 2020.
Workers were sill putting the finishing touches on newly paved roadways this morning.
Polk now has one lane each way between Davis and Jefferson, plus a parking lane and two bike lanes. The city is expected to set off the bike lanes, which now reach Tyler Station, with protective bumps.
A ribbon-cutting for the new traffic pattern is at 2 p.m. today, May 31.