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Muddy mess aside, DART construction on schedule


Dallas Area Rapid Transit dealt with some sloppy messes this week, but it didn’t affect service significantly or delay construction. White Rock Station is on target to open Sept. 24, adding three miles to DART’s eastern route.

But another station, under construction at LBJ Freeway and Skillman Street, was ground zero of a muddy mess Sept. 4 when a drain in a temporary retaining pool clogged during heavy rain. The pool overflowed, causing a mudslide that covered parts of the freeway.

"Once we located the problem in the drain and pulled the plug, we were able to stop the flow quickly and get the freeway cleared," says DART spokesman Morgan Lyons.

The incident is unlikely to cause any construction delay for the station, due to open in April. DART and Texas Department of Transportation both are conducting construction work in the area, so the pond will remain at least until TexDOT’s work is complete at a later date.

DART employees checked the integrity of the pond and found that it was sound. They are, however, putting fencing around it to retain mud should the pond overflow again.

Kathi Kube

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