Tuesday, May 3, 2011
The tunnel under The Park at Woodall Rodgers will get lit mid-summer
One commuter says that's not soon enough.
DALLAS In a matter of months, The Park over Woodall Rodgers in Dallas has started to resemble the over-the-highway space we'd seen in pictures. As each beam is placed, making the structure look more like a tunnel, Dallas driver and PegNews reader Samantha Tellone wants to know when lights will be installed.
"It's just too dark," Tellone said. "I'm from the East, and I'm used to going through tunnels, but they've got lights."
The park will eventually be one solid "deck" over Woodall Rodgers between Pearl and St. Paul streets. For now, sections of the deck have been constructed, but TxDOT workers have left spaces to allow for light and exhaust, said TxDOT spokesperson Cynthia White.
Still, it will be July or August before lights are installed, which means that the current dark spaces in the partial tunnels will stay dim for at least two months. The first shipment of lights will arrive in Dallas this week, but TxDOT workers have to take a four-step process to install the lights: waterproof the top of the deck; fireproof the underside; hang the fixtures; and wire the fixtures. The work will be done section-by-section, White said, meaning that some stretches of the tunnel will have lights before others. "They're not going to wait until it's all done [to install the lights]," she explained.
Tellone, a Las Colinas resident who travels on Woodall Rodgers two to three times per week to get to her job at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, said she hoped temporary lights would installed in the meantime.
"More and more of it gets covered up every day, and it's scary. I'm starting to avoid it, really, trying to take different roads to my office," Tellone said.
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