DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Starting August 21, the city of Dallas aims to curb traffic and reduce speed in the North Oak Cliff area by way of a traffic calming initiative.
The idea was initially pitched by Mayor Pro Tem, Chad West in response to a speed-related fatal crash last month.READ MORE: Amber Alert Issued For 12-Year-Old Girl Out Of Converse, Texas
The main priority is to make the area safer for both drivers and pedestrians.
Saturday is the first day of the 90-day initiative that will close one lane in each direction along West Jefferson Boulevard, between North Hampton Road and South Polk Street.READ MORE: COVID-19 Pandemic Has Taken A Toll On Mental Health, Led To More Drug Abuse, CDC Says
Drivers may notice speed limit radar signs and even increased police patrols.
This is not the first time the city has tried, what they call, a road diet. In the past, they have had some success with the program along Greenville Avenue between Meadow Road and Royal Lane.MORE NEWS: US To Deport 'Massive' Number Of Haitian Migrants From Texas Border Town
According to Mayor Pro Tem West, the city also has plans for more speed reduction tools throughout the area.