Wednesday, August 14, 2013
McKinney and Olive intersection closed through September for streetcar extension
The free, historic M-line trolley will eventually run from Uptown all the way to the Arts District.
DOWNTOWN DALLAS We’ve mentioned this twice in recent weeks, including yesterday, but it’s worth repeating once more: The intersection of McKinney Avenue and Olive Street is, for all intents and purposes, closed as of this morning. The reason: The McKinney Avenue Transit Authority is making its way further into downtown, and crews need to install new switches. As a result, the trolleys too will stop running through at least the end of next month.
“We looked at several alternatives in an effort to make the connection without closing the intersection,” says Alan Hendrix, the city’s director of Public Works, in a heads-up issued by Dallas City Hall this morning. Alas: “After examining all the options, we concluded that closing the intersection would be the safest.”
And so the shutdown begins, for the most part: According to the city, “Only one lane of traffic will be available on inbound McKinney Avenue during the track work.” But all lanes on Olive between the Woodall Rodgers westbound service road and McKinney will be closed to traffic.
Also, the Klyde Warren Park reminds via Twitter this morning: “Meters on westbound access of the north of the park are not available for parking. The city shut them down due to construction at Olive St.”
When work on the federally funded extension began in the spring, MATA chairman Phil Cobb told The Dallas Morning News that it would be “a game-changer.” After all, he said, “We’re not just a little Uptown amusement ride anymore; we’re coming into downtown.”
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