Recycling Results Are In: East Dallas Neighborhoods Approve Change to Blue Bin

Hey, everyone. Sorry this took so long to post. First, I want to thank everyone for participating in the recent neighborhood vote on recycling options. There were several neighborhoods in East Dallas that were not eligible to use the new blue recycling bins because their recycling is picked up in the alleys. Most of our East Dallas alleys are too small for the regular recycling trucks, so special, smaller trucks have to be used and the recycling has to be picked up manually.

Many residents contacted me to indicate they would like to use the blue bins. I’ve worked hard with our Sanitation Department to figure out a way to do this, so we mailed ballots to residents in the manual pick up areas to see if they wanted to switch to blue bins picked up at the curb.

The votes are in, and all but one neighborhood decided to switch to the Big Blue recycling roll carts at the curb every other week. The change in service will start August 1st . See the map below to see if your neighborhood will be changing to blue bin recycling as of August 1st:

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If you have not already ordered your Big Blue, please do so by calling 311, or go online at to request one. The City will deliver your cart in 10-14 days. If you have already ordered the cart, there is no need to re-request.

Starting August 1st, the City’s Sanitation Services Department will collect your recyclables every-other-week – right at your curbside. Just wheel your cart or carry your blue bags to the curb by 7:00 a.m. on the collection day. No worries about which day

I-75 Live Oak Exit to Close Sunday, June 17 through June 2009

From City of Dallas:

Effective Sunday, June 17, 2007

The Live Oak exit on southbound US 75 (Exit 284C) will be closed starting Sunday night, June 17 and remain closed until June 2009. The closure is part of DART”s Green Line Rail construction around the Bryan/Hawkins intersection.
Two bridges in the area are being removed and the road is being lowered to street level.

Motorists who typically take the Live Oak exit are advised to either exit at Lemmon or take the Ross exit and travel to Pearl St.

Northbound traffic is not affected at this time. Weekly updates on all DART Rail construction are available at

NTTA Press Release: South End of Tollway To Be Closed Temporarily

This just in from the North Texas Tollway Authority:

On the night of Friday, June 22, starting at midnight until Monday, June 25, at 5:00 a.m., the south end of the Tollway will be closed northbound from IH-35E to Mockingbird and southbound from Northwest Highway to the southern end of the Tollway. The Cedar Springs Road Bridge, in both directions, will also be closed during this time. On Monday morning, the Tollway and the Cedar Springs Road Bridge will both be open to two-way traffic.

NTTA construction crews will be demolishing the old Cedar Springs Road Bridge, placing drainage lines under the Tollway to prevent flooding during heavy storms, hanging bridge beams for the bridge over Oak Lawn Avenue and performing pavement repairs on the IH-35E ramp northbound to the Tollway.

“The best news is that on Monday morning, when we reopen the Tollway, we will also be reopening the new Cedar Springs Bridge to two-way traffic,” said Mark Bouma, NTTA’s Director of Engineering. “Over the weekend of the 23rd, we will be performing several different projects to reduce the necessity for additional closures and customer inconvenience.”

On the Tollway, southbound motorists will have to exit at Northwest Highway or sooner. The southbound entrance ramps at Lovers Ln., Mockingbird Ln. and Lemmon Ave. will be closed. Southbound entrance ramps from Walnut Hill, Royal Lane and Forest Lane will also be closed due to the short distance before they have to exit. Northbound Tollway entrances at Harry Hines Blvd., IH-35E and Wycliff Ave. will be closed and northbound traffic will not be able to enter the Tollway until Mockingbird Lane. Signage will be placed on the Tollway in several places to notify motorists of the closure.

“We hope to cause minimal inconvenience, but we are excited about this project because, when complete, it will result in a safer commute for motorists. Safety is a top priority at the NTTA,” Bouma said.

During these closures, motorists should plan ahead, seek alternative routes and expect delays. IH-35E and Central Expressway serve as viable alternatives to the Tollway during this time.

This project is part of a $50 million dollar renovation to the 40-year-old South end of the Tollway. It is one of several projects and major construction efforts being undertaken by the NTTA to improve mobility in north Texas. Other major projects include: the Tollway Extension Phase 3 from State Highway 121 to U.S. 380 in Collin County, the Lewisville Lake Toll Bridge in Denton County, the eastern extension of the President George Bush Turnpike, the Southwest Parkway in Tarrant County and the Trinity Parkway near downtown Dallas.

All efforts are subject to weather conditions.