LBJ 635 is the main East and West highway in the Dallas area, named after President Lyndon B Johnson. It's a nightmare to drive on. Rush hour in the morning starts at about 5:30am and goes until about 9:30am. Afternoon rush hour starts at about 3pm and goes until about 7pm. We're talking constant stop and go. I try to avoid 635 at all costs if I can. It's easier to avoid now that they've semi-completed the George Bush Turnpike about 5 miles north of 635.
Well, there has been lots of talk over the years about how they are going to dig tunnels under 635 to get some of the traffic off the main highway. Even though there have been plans and much talk for about 20 years, they're now saying there's not enough money for this project to actually do it.
The new concept they've thought about is running channels 25 feet under 635. The channels would only be 3 lanes for each direction. There will also be a toll charged to go underground as the money to build the channels would be coming from private funds and not the state. This would create the 4th tollroad in Dallas. pretty soon, you're not going to be able to go anywhere without paying to drive on the roads.
Are my taxes not paying for roads? This is ridiculous. I already live right off the Bush Turkpike. The Bush is currently being extended to be a loop around the Dallas area. The Dallas North Tollway has been here for years. Highway 121, further north, just turned into a tollway a couple of months ago. I'm getting really sick and tired of paying to drive to the grocery store or to my parents or to my office.
Are there other places in the country that can say they have FOUR Tollways/Turnpikes in their immediate metropolitan area? If I wanted to include the entire state, I would include the multiple Tollways in Houston, Austin, ect...