A Call for Citizen Input on the Main Street Corridor Project
On February 6, 2018, the Duncanville Citizen Bond Committee was established by City Council and charged with evaluating community needs and making recommendations for potential capital improvement projects to be presented to voters. The 19-member committee toured the city, conducted a town hall, and returned in July of 2018 with recommendations to make improvements to area parks, the Central Fire Station, Service Center, and streets, including the Camp Wisdom Road at North Main Street intersection.
In November of 2018, a bond election was held and Proposition B, issuance of $6,600,000 in general obligation bonds for street, sidewalk, alley, and other traffic flow improvements was passed. Proposition B included the recommended improvements to East Danieldale Road between South Main Street and US 67, South Cedar Ridge Drive between Big Stone Gap and West Wheatland Road, and the intersection of North Main Street between Camp Wisdom and I-20.
Of the $6.6 million $1.5 million was budgeted for the North Main Street at Camp Wisdom intersection pending selection for inclusion in the Dallas County 7th Call for Projects. The North Main Street at Camp Wisdom Road intersection project to address the railroad grade issue required a larger investment than the bond provided.
On March 16, 2019, Dallas County invited cities to submit applications for project proposals they could partner on to improve regional transportation infrastructure through the Major Capital Improvement Projects (MCIP) 7th Call for Projects. This program is typically implemented every two to three years. The City of Duncanville submitted the Main Street at Camp Wisdom intersection project and the Wintergreen Road Phase II project for inclusion and funding under the 7th Call. Approval means an investment from the County doubling the funding for improvements to Duncanville streets.
May 21, 2019, the Duncanville City Council unanimously approved $150,000, which was matched by Dallas County, for an engineering study of three intersections along the Main Street Corridor. Main Street at Camp Wisdom Road, Main Street at Davis Street, and Main Street at Center Street were studied and the scope of improvements defined. The engineering study examined how improvements would positively impact traffic efficiency, pedestrian mobility, economic vitality, and connectivity to a potential commuter rail station.
With information from the engineering study, a total of six design options were created for the North Main Street at Camp Wisdom Road intersection as well as other locations along the Main Street Corridor.
In October 2019, while the corridor study was being conducted, City staff contacted BNSF Railway, owner of the rail line that runs through Duncanville, to invite them to a meeting to discuss proposed changes to the Main at Camp Wisdom intersection. BNSF Railway declined to attend and rejected any proposed changes at the intersection that would encroach upon their 100-foot right-of-way. A proposed design included a hike and bike trail and a new turn lane that was inside that right-of-way.
The design options were either non-starters due to BNSF’s rejection, made only minor improvements, exceeded the Duncanville and Dallas County $3,000,000 combined budget, or were unlikely to be approved for 7th Call for Projects inclusion.
The proposed intersection improvement project that scored highest was within the budget, met the goals, and offered a measurable improvement to the lives of Duncanville residents is a project at the intersection of Main Street at Center Street. The design of a roundabout is proposed at an estimated cost of $3,071,239 that would meet both Duncanville and 7th Call’s goals and is the likeliest to be approved by Dallas County.
The City of Duncanville, understanding the voters’ desire for an improvement to the Main at Camp Wisdom intersection, is inviting residents to review the proposed Main Street at Center Street roundabout project, as well as the information provided, and to give feedback for the Duncanville City Council Regular Meeting on December 1, 2020. Residents can submit their name, address, and public comments to firstname.lastname@example.org from now until 4:00 PM on Tuesday, December 1, 2020.