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15: Mesa down to 360

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Hyridge Dr., the typical suburban residential street wide enough to land a 747.

Mountain Ridge Dr., another cookie-cutter suburban street

Steep hill down to 360

Steep short hill back up to 360
This detour is necessary because the construction of the US 183 freeway and the Loop 360 expressway apparently destroyed a preexisting connection between what is now "Jollyville Rd." west of 360 and "Old Jollyville Rd." east of 360. The problem with the freeway construction is that it turned the beginning of "Old Jollyville Rd." into a one-way exit ramp from Loop 360, meaning that if you were to try to take this route the way it apparently used to exist, you'd have to go the wrong direction on either the Loop 360 exit ramp or the US 183 frontage road. Instead, the recommended solution is to go down this gigantic hill (which requires that i ride my brakes most of the way down), cross 360 without a signal, and then go up a huge hill through the Arboretum. This situation was supposed to be addressed by a grant proposal in 1999, but it was rejected by TXDOT despite being exactly the kind of situation these funds were designed to address (previously acceptable bike/ped access being severed by freeway/highway construction).

Compare the width of these two residential streets (not even collectors) to some central-city arterials and it becomes clear that the 1950s-1980s trend of building subdivisions with super-wide streets is rather ridiculous. Just think how much more it costs the city to maintain these residential streets, which are wider than my local 4-lane arterial (Enfield Rd.) the next time you hear an urban resident talk about subsidized suburban sprawl.

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