Corporate Facilities / Dallas, Texas
DeShazo Group was hired by the Billingsley Company to conduct a traffic impact analysis for the Arts Plaza Development, to be located on a ten-acre tract on the eastern edge of the Dallas Arts District. This project is a multi-phase, mixed-use development that includes residences, offices, restaurants, retail and outdoor parks with wi-fi, fountains and cafes. One Arts Plaza's prominent location at the eastern end of Flora Street makes it the focal point of the entire Arts District.
The firm recommended traffic-related measures to mitigate excessive/undue projected impacts. The analysis indicated that roadway links in the vicinity of the site were expected to operate at their current levels of service upon addition of the traffic generated by One Arts Plaza and the anticipated background growth. The firm determined that with build-out of all phases of Arts Plaza, the traffic demands of Routh Street serving the development from the west would exceed the existing link capacity. The City of Dallas plans to widen Routh Street to five lanes (four, plus a center, left-turn lane) sometime in the future. That improvement will increase capacity to attain a very good operational condition.
The unsignalized driveway and local street intersections on Routh Street, Ross Avenue and the adjacent freeway frontage roads were expected to experience some delay. These delays were not considered to be unduly prohibitive; therefore, traffic signals were not considered to be warranted. The firm recommended that future driveway locations into Arts Plaza from the freeway frontage roads should be considered and implemented based upon the degree of practicality.