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Talk Of Closing Olive Street In Downtown Dallas

Traffic study underway at Klyde Warren Park
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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - City of Dallas staff members are conducting traffic studies on the roads surrounding Klyde Warren Park, and some stakeholders in the neighborhood say they need more information about what the city is examining.

John Crawford, with Downtown Dallas, Inc., says he heard rumors of a discussion that included the possibility of closing Olive Street to motor vehicle traffic.

Crawford says his concern has nothing to do with the park itself – he considers it a marvelous addition.

“The park is not the issue. The issue is a lack of information about the things being considered. We’d like to see any studies, work or traffic flow [data]. Stakeholder meetings need to be held,” said Crawford.

Olive Street is the only thoroughfare that cuts through the urban green space. Park visitors – sometimes thousands of people a day – must wait for the crosswalk signal to turn before they can walk across the street and connect with the eastern half of the park.

Connecting the two parts of the park is something parents like Jeremy Turner would like to see.

“I think it would be great. It would be safer for kids and people of all ages to safely get across, and I think we need more green space in Dallas,” said Turner.

Dallas City Councilman Philip Kingston says he’s asking for a public meeting on the traffic studies to be held sometime in the next month.

Kingston says there are several groups working on the issue, which affects a lot of people.

“The park is a great success. It has buoyed the rental rate of the buildings around here, both residential and office, and made it a more popular area. Its increased the number of tenants who are down here and have to get in and out of here on a work day,” said Kingston.

Some drivers say it would be an inconvenience if Olive Street were closed off at the park in the future.

“It would affect us. I drive to my work building on this street each day. I think it’s important to keep it open so people at least have a way to cross over and access the highway and access Uptown,” said one couple.

A spokesperson for the City of Dallas says there is nothing to communicate at this time about the traffic study because it is early in the process.

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