Update: thanks to BikeDFW and everyone who raised a ruckus!
UPDATE: (July 7, 2010)
Bob Murdoch of the BikeDFW Government Relations Committee attended a meeting yesterday (July 6th) organized by TxDOT to discuss options for maintaining the usability of the White Rock Creek Trail during the 18 month-long construction of the new elevated roadway on Northwest Highway. Also in attendance were representatives of TxDOT, the city of Dallas, and the C.C. Young Retirement Community (located on West Lawther just south of Northwest Highway). Bob was also representing the owner of Dallas Bike Works (located at the southwest corner of West Lawther and Northwest Highway) who was unable to attend.
TxDOT listened to the needs and ideas of the three user groups; cyclists and pedestrians from BikeDFW, DART riders working at C.C. Young (who must cross NW Highway on foot), and Dallas Bike Works (to maintain access to cyclists riding the trail). Based on their needs and recommendations, TxDOT decided to maintain a crossing for pedestrians and cyclists at West Lawther, rather than moving it to the NW Highway/Buckner intersection.
TxDOT will be working with the engineering firm handling the NW Highway project to come up with a solution to safely move pedestrians and bicycles across (or under) the traffic and construction at West Lawther. There may be short, temporary closures due to the construction, but there will not be long, continuous closures of the trail.
While we don't know what the final outcome will be, we applaud the decision to keep the trail crossing at West Lawther open. BikeDFW would like to thank TxDOT and City of Dallas officials for their willingness to listen and respond to the needs of West Lawther and White Rock Creek Trail users... and all of you who contacted your City Council Members and State Representatives to make this happen.