Scope and Limits
The Alternate Entry Analysis was undertaken to address the security and operational risks associated with a single point of entry to the Nation's busiest Medium hub airport through a very busy intersection. Twelve (12) alternatives with one or more entry point from each of the surrounding roadways and a "No Action" alternative are being studied. A recommended shortlist is being developed based on the following criteria: Traffic impacts; Reductions in Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) and Emissions; Impact on existing facilities/infrastructure; the ability to accommodate an Automated People Mover (APM) system with connection to the DART Light Rail System; and provide an emergency response/evacuation route for incidents when the entry point at Mockingbird is blocked. The shortlisted alternatives will be presented to Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Based on the Committee's directions, further analysis to determine construction costs, construction conflicts, benefit/cost ratios, regional partnership opportunities, impact to neighborhoods and existing businesses and other pertinent analysis will be conducted to develop final recommendations for City Council action.
Changes and Development
Currently, the only entrance to Love Field is through the signalized intersection of Mockingbird Lane and Herb Kelleher Way at the south end of the airport. Mockingbird Lane is a busy arterial with over 50,000 vehicles/day and Herb Kelleher Way has 28,000 vehicles/day: making for a very congested intersection. which often slips to Level of Service "F" (the lowest rating - intersection failure) during peak periods. The traffic through this intersection is comprised of traffic to the airport, but also through traffic to the surrounding businesses, medical district and residential areas.
During incidents, the intersection has long backups, sometimes preventing First Responders from timely access to the airport. Similarly, severe back-ups occur when maintenance work requires lane closures on either street, significantly impacting airport operations.
Any meaningful improvement to the intersection would require grade separation: however, a grade separated structure will significantly impact the entrance and through traffic at the intersection during construction activities. Additionally, due to height limitations, the only option is to grade separate below the existing roadway, which has significant utilities to be addressed.
The above poses security and operational risks to the airport in case the only entrance is blocked as emergency response and evacuation operations will be severely impacted. The Alternate Entry project was undertaken to addresses the operational and security issues.
Security and operational risks associated with having a single entry point through a congested intersection to the nation's busiest medium hub airport.
If there is an incident that blocks the intersection, first responders and patrons cannot get to the airport in a timely manner and evacuation operations cannot be performed if needed.
The project will provide for an alternate point of entry for airport patrons and first responders in case of emergencies. It will also provide an alternate evacuation route during emergencies.
The project will meet the critical requirements of providing an alternate entry for emergency operations, reduce congestion and reduce emissions by reducing vehicle miles traveled to access the airport.
The project will address the security and operational issues at Love Field through construction of an alternate entry. It will improve air quality by reducing congestion, Vehicles Miles Travelled and vehicle emissions. It will also offer opportunities to incorporate alternate transportation modes like Automated People Mover System.
An alternate entry will improve air quality and traffic impacts by reducing congestion, VMT and vehicle emissions; and offer alternate transportation mode options.
Over 45% of Love Field traffic originates from the northwest and northeast parts of the metroplex. An alternate entry point from these quadrants will reduce vehicle miles traveled for airport traffic originating from the north. resulting in reduced carbon emissions. It will also provide an opportunity to incorporate an APM System connecting to an existing DART Light Rail Station and other alternate transportation mode options. An alternate entry project will also provide the opportunity for other beneficial partnership projects to further reduce congestion