Another reason why the City Design Studio is the coolest

A few of us over here at DDI were treated to a little hint of the following project in a meeting with Brent Brown, David Whitley and the Dallas City Design Studio team earlier this week.  Now it’s official…all you City Hall Plaza haters, rejoice!

In a flash-mob-Oak-Cliff-Better-Blocks- William-Whyte-style initiative called “Living Plaza”, City Hall Plaza will be transformed with a temporary installation on April 27.  We’re all invited to take part from 11:30am – 2:00pm.  To all of you who are screaming for more streetlife, activated spaces and vibrancy Downtown, this is OUR chance to prove the urbanity of Dallas.  Surprises in store, I can assure you…

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Riverfront/Woodall Rodgers access closures and detours

Beginning July 14 access to/from Riverfront and Woodall Rodgers will be limited due to the construction of the Woodall Rodgers extension.  The text of the press release from the Texas Department of Transportation and the city of Dallas follows:

Construction Closes Parts of a Major Central Dallas Intersection

Woodall Rodgers at Riverfront Boulevard closed until mid-to late 2011

DALLAS – Beginning July 14, 2010 major connections to and from Woodall Rodgers Freeway and Riverfront Boulevard will be closed for construction activities associated with the Texas Department of Transportation’s Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and the ongoing Woodall Rodgers Extension project. The closures, which will last approximately 15 months, affect several major connections at the intersection. They are as follows:

  • Westbound Woodall Rodgers Fwy. traffic exiting to Riverfront Blvd. will no longer be able to directly access either direction of Riverfront Blvd.
  • Southbound Riverfront Blvd. traffic will no longer be able to directly access eastbound Woodall Rodgers Fwy.

Detour signage will be put into place on July 13 with the full closure going into effect on July 14.  Maps depicting signed detour routes for the prohibited movements are attached.  TxDOT and the City of Dallas are encouraging motorists to seek alternate routes.  Riverfront Blvd. will remain open during construction, but will be reduced to two lanes in each direction for the duration of the projects.  Northbound Riverfront Blvd. access to eastbound Woodall Rodgers Fwy. will remain open.

The closures are part of the $47.5 million Woodall Rodgers Extension Project, which is being built in conjunction with the $69.7 million Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge over the Trinity River. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by mid-to late 2011.

For more information about the project please visit, or

Southbound Riverfront To Woodall Rodgers Detour Routing

Woodall Rodgers To Riverfront Blvd Detour Routing


Big Construction News that could effect how long it takes to get to that Mavs game..

We all know about The Park (known to 99% of us as the Woodall Rodgers Park).. well the “ground making” last month wasn’t just a ceremony to remind people about this amazing project.  They’re starting full force now..complete with lovely street and lane closures.

Here’s latest info we have on construction… don’t come to Chase Tower and punch me if you experience something different… I’m just a monkey repeating what I know!

  • Harwood Street bridge will close in preparation for demolition on the morning of Monday, October 19 –  barricades, traffic control measures and detours will be in place.
  • The St. Paul Street exit will close on Wednesday morning, October 21.  St. Paul Street will still have all lanes open to traffic.
  • The Woodall Rodgers Freeway frontage roads, both east and westbound will remain open with the lane nearest the construction (the left lane) closed for the duration of the project and occasional closings of other lanes for special projects.  At the beginning of the project, the middle lane of the Woodall Rodgers Freeway frontage will be closed as the workers set up for construction, but will reopen in a few days.   There should not be a time when all of the frontage road lanes are impassable.
  • TXDoT will close Woodall Rodgers Freeway on weekends, which they have deemed “off-peak hours”.  Typically the closure will begin at 9pm on Friday evening and end no later than 5am on the following Monday morning.  The first two weekends of closures are the weekends of October 23 (closing at 9pm on October 23 and reopening no later than 5am on October 26) and October 30 (closing around 11:00 p.m. on October 30 and reopening no later than 5am on November 2).

Please log onto the TxDOT website for further traffic updates  at In addition, TxDOT will be posting all construction traffic information on the Mobility section of The Park’s new website