When a business proprietor
sabotages the relocation process
BY ANDREW WINKELMANN
y company, DFW Advisors, Ltd., was granted a
contract for right of way acquisition services from
the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).
Through the contract, we had the responsibility of
handling the acquisition and relocation of multiple
parcels of land for TxDOT projects in the Arlington, Texas
area, home of Jerry Jones’ Dallas Cowboys, the Texas Rangers
and Six Flags over Texas amusement park.
One of TxDOT’s large priority projects was the construction
of a flyover interchange at IH 30 and S.H. 360 near Six Flags.
The original interchange layout is a large loop-around design
that was built to accommodate toll booths and a previous
turnpike office on the infield of the loop. TxDOT already
owned much of the land needed for a new interchange
configuration, but as is usually the case, some additional land
was necessary to facilitate the highway additions. Relocations
would be inevitable.
Impact on Businesses
The construction schematics hit typical businesses like
McDonald’s, as well as two gas stations. It also took some
frontage and parking from an auto repair shop and a used car
dealership. To avoid a small cemetery located off the current
service road, TxDOT design engineers strategically designed
around it. Unfortunately, a local motel would become one of
the most drastically affected businesses.