Dallas officials commissioned an engineering consultant to conduct a traffic study on Abrams Road.

What’s happening

Dallas City Council approved a contract with the consultant Lee Engineering during its Aug. 9 meeting. The contract includes a traffic study to be conducted on Esperanza Road from Spring Valley Road to North Central Expressway’s southbound service road.

Both Abrams and Esperanza roads have a “disproportionately high rate” of vehicle crashes, according to City Council documents. The study is meant to evaluate safety and identify engineering improvements that could reduce the number of severe crashes on the two roads.

The study could also advance the city’s Vision Zero goal of eliminating all traffic-related deaths and reducing severe traffic-related injuries by 50% by 2030, according to the documents.

The cost

The study is expected to cost $316,920 with about $104,583 coming from the city’s general fund and $212,336 coming from the city’s Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund, according to the documents.

What they’re saying

“This is something that has been long sought by residents of District 14 because of concerns about speeding and traffic control along the Abrams [Road] corridor in East Dallas,” said Council Member Paul Ridley, who represents parts of East Dallas, during the Aug. 9 meeting. “I’m hopeful that [the study] will produce recommendations that can address the concerns of residents in my district.”