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Persistence pays off

Frankford Road improvements begin after four years of lobbying City Hall

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April 26th, 2011

As far as first impressions go, Highland Springs, situated at the corner of Coit Road and Frankford Road in north Dallas, is both warm and welcoming. But the road leading into the community is another story. Frankford Road has been a mess ever since my wife and I moved here four and a half years ago, says Oscar Burchard, president of the Highland Springs Resident Advisory Council. It s only two lanes and it s full of potholes. To remedy the situation, a group of civic-minded residents contacted their District 12 city council member in hopes of making improvements to the road. The grassroots effort, spearheaded by Helen Adele Johnson, paid off. We called City Hall every month for four years, says Johnson. And now we re getting the improvements we hoped for. The city s plan calls for widening the road to six lanes and creating a new connector street that will allow Highland Springs residents direct access to the George Bush Turnpike. We re very happy that our efforts were successful, says Johnson. It just goes to show you what you can accomplish when you try.