Dallas getting funding to replace traffic lights damaged by 2019 tornado


The City of Dallas is getting funding from the Regional Transportation Council to replace dozens of traffic signals, including some that were damaged by the tornado that moved through north Dallas in October of 2019.

"We're proposing to help the City of Dallas to rebuild some of the signals that were impacted in that area," said Senior Program Manager Christie Gotti with the North Central Texas Council of Governments. "It's a total of 44 signals that would be involved. Some of these signals are over 40 years old, so we feel like it's a really good program."

The Council has approved more than $16 million in funding to help Dallas. Of that, $14 million would come from a federal program called the Surface Transportation Block Grant Program. That portion will require federal approval. City officials expect to receive that approval next summer.

Dallas plans to use the money to replace 22 traffic signals that were affected by the tornado.

"This funding will help us tremendously as we recover from the devastating tornado that ripped through our city last year,  said Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson said. "In addition, it has been clear that we must do more to invest in our aging infrastructure, especially in southern Dallas."

The city will use the rest of the money to replace 22 traffic signals in an area called the Lancaster Corridor surrounding Hampton Road.

"This is also a perfect example of the types of projects the Regional Transportation Council is expediting to help our community recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19," said Michael Morris, P.E., Director of Transportation for the North Central Texas Council of Governments.