DART line will connect UD to DFW in 2014

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Ghianda Becerril
Contributing Writer

Construction around the University of Dallas continues as the year starts up again. The new DART Orange Line, which will run through Downtown Dallas and the UD campus to DFW airport, is projected to be completed in 2014. However, different stops are projected to be completed at different times.

The section of the Orange Line that will run from Bachman Station – near Bachman Lake Park, just south of Northwest Highway – to Las Colinas Urban Center, will include six stops, one of which will be the University of Dallas Station and is scheduled to be completed July 30, 2012.

In 2014, the Orange Line will connect the UD station all the way to DFW International Airport. Carlos Huerta, DART Community Affairs and Jessica Sanders, representative of the design and construction entity KSWRP, said that the station will be able to give UD students an easier way to explore the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

“Soon, UD students will be able to explore DART’s 700-square-mile ‘campus’ from the foot of their own campus,” Sanders said.

The closest construction area to UD, the paving of the section of Northgate Drive from Tom Braniff to Carl Road, which began in early May, 2011, has already made significant improvements on the north side of the street, the side closest to campus.

Dave Springob, the project’s engineering manager, said that his team has installed 3000 linear feet of thirty-inch water transmission pipe underneath the pavement to improve the water flow throughout the city of Irving. Northgate Drive will also have sidewalks and bike lanes once the project is completed in its entirety around April 2012.

The north side of the street will be completed by Oct. 10 of this year.

“Once that is done, we will flop the traffic onto the new paved side and begin work on the south side,” said Springob.

In addition to the Northgate pavement and improvements, new brick crosswalks on Lynch Circle, right across from Lynch Auditorium, will also be added, giving students the ability to walk to and from Northgate.

Although construction will continue throughout the school year, the city of Irving will work to maintain traffic to a minimum and will make sure to provide easy crossing access for the students at UD. The new paved side of the road will also provide a safer place for joggers and bikers along Northgate with the new addition of bike lanes and sidewalks.

“Once it is all done, it will make for a better riding surface infrastructure within the city of Irving,” Springob said.

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