Lincoln Center future uncertain after new TxDOT plan

Lincoln Center future uncertain after new TxDOT plan

POSTED: Friday, February 14, 2014 - 7:08pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 9:22am

A plan to alleviate traffic to Juarez and the Border Highway area might mean the historic Lincoln Center will have to be destroyed.

Senator Jose Rodriguez and members of the Lincoln Park Conservation Committee made it clear they oppose the plan which they said they were unaware of.

"None of us were focused on the possibility the center might be destroyed," Rodriguez said.

The Texas Department of Transportation plans on connecting the Border Highway to I-10 with a ramp on the landmark property.

"The problem is the ramp that goes from I-10 up to U.S. 54 essentially goes through the second floor of the Lincoln Center," said TxDOT Traffic Engineer Bob Bielek.

Rodriguez and the conservation committee said the original plan they had seen preserved Lincoln Center.

But Bielek said the original plan would not properly allow traffic to flow on the ramp and could be dangerous for motorists.

"Either the traffic from Juarez will block everything or the traffic trying to go to Border Highway will block everything," Bielek said.

Bielek added about six or seven homes could also be demolished to make way for the new ramps and some businesses would also be impacted with the current plan.

But engineers believe they can rework the designs to save most of the home but the center would remain in jeopardy.

TxDOT said they will continue looking at possible alternatives and hopefully come up with at least three options when public input meetings begin in about six months.

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Say goodbye to the Lincoln center! new ramps must be constructed for the I-10 Border Highway as traffic becomes more congested on the freeway,so lets move forward with this project.Some people call this Lincoln center a landmark but it has no architectural significance to it, just a old building that will cost money to restore. Not long ago a school down in the Lower Valley was destroy in the name of progress, there was nothing wrong with that school and it did have architectural value.

This school that I am talking about was not really destroyed for the name of progress, but more to line the pockets of those people that singled out this one school to build another one in it's place.
I'm talking about North Loop elementary, when in fact other schools such as Cadwalader school which is much older than North Loop still stands today! They made the excuse about asbestos, when knowingly they could have just gutted out the whole building and renovated it instead.

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