UPDATE #4 - FACT - (12-12-14 @ 6:30 am CST) - I initially reported on this in May of 2012 and now I have an update. The process is going forward. There will be a public hearing from 5:00-7:00 on Tuesday, December 16 for the public to see the plans for future development of a new highway. The 11.8 mile project from SH-80 from I-30 to I-20 is a six lane roadway. Here is the posting from the Forney.com web site... KAUFMAN COUNTY, Texas (Texas Department of Transportation) — The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will hold a public meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at the Sunnyvale Middle School, 216 North Collins Road in Sunnyvale. It will be an informal Open House format with no formal presentation to allow participants to ask questions and review exhibits.
Jacobs XMas lights
The proposed 11.8-mile project, from SH 190 (The East Branch) from I-30 to I-20, is a new location six-lane roadway within an approximately 280-foot right of way. Engineers have examined viable alternative alignments and potential transportation modes, including the no-build alternative and the potential for tolling.
Maps, drawings and other information about the project will be on display to allow interested participants to learn more about the proposed project, environmental study process and environmental analysis.
The reason I'm readdressing this is that, depending on the route the officials decide on, it could go right through Devil's Bowl Speedway. Currently, it is planned for that exact route. It is a few years away but the historic race track could be in trouble.
UPDATE #3 - FACT - (5-17-12 @ 9:40 pm) - The following is a email I was sent from a gentleman from the Dallas that did some research on this topic and was kind enough to share it with me. Thanks for the assist Doug Holbrook...
"As a former racetrack owner I was very concerned about the devils bowl highway situation and I have looked into it a bit more. The george bush turnpike extension being completed has nothing to do with it, the real issue is the proposed route 190 study project located HERE
Or here for the NTTA site and the map that santa bob had:
The east branch site has a lot more information, so here is what I have gathered.
On their site they claim that more than likely sometime in 2013 is when the public hearing would be scheduled and Lanny would be contacted then as he owns land directly in the right of way they seek. The project has a time limit of 25 years from what I can gather and has been in the works directly since 2006 and indirectly as far back as the 1960's
Here is a link to a presentation the study group gave in november. The first couple pages shows that they are about half-way to the end of the study process. Further down is their map... as you can see devils bowl is the only thing starred so they are obviously very aware of the speedway and have an alternate route that doesn't cut into the property as badly.
Another Link HERE
The FHWA has yet to have their say and we all know how long it takes to get things done on the federal level. This is nothing more than a study and a proposal at this point, they have yet to pull the trigger on it.
So bottom line, I think the speedway is safe for now."
UPDATE #2 - FACT - (5-16-12 @ 12:40 pm) - Following the tread on Facebook where I came across this story, a person stated that they contacted Lanny Edwards on this matter and he said he has never been approached by the State with interest in buying DBS land. The poster stated that Lanny said this continued development is 5-7 years further down the road and that he will never sell DBS...but once he is gone, no telling what his kids will do with the land.
Also, someone from the area sent me an email and stated that there is tons of road construction going on in the area and has been going on for three years now. I guess we will see how this all develops in time.
UPDATE #1 - FACT - (5-15-12 @ 4:40 pm) - Here is another link regarding the development of the George Bush Highway. It sounds like it is going to happen. Click the link to see more information.....(www.ntta.org/roadsprojects/existroad/Pages/President-George-Bush-Turnpike-(PGBT).aspx.
When you read this info from this link, it states that it is expected to be done by the end of 2012. I'm hearing that depending on who you talk to, this may not happen OR it is going to happen. As you can see on the date at the bottom of the page on this link above, it has been in the planning stages since at least 2008.
RUMOR - (5-14-12 @ 12:15 pm) - I was alerted to the fact that the North Texas Tollway Authority is looking to build a new highway through Devil's Bowl Speedway. The following was taken off of Santa Bob McMasters Facebook page. The photo is the proposed map from NTTA that shows the George Bush Extention route going through the center of Devil's Bowl's Property. D.B.S. sits to the east of Mesquite Metro airport with new pits just off of runway with the track being west of Lawson Rd at the curve. There is talk that 2013 season will be last for D.B.S. At present time no talk by the present ownership on a possible relocation. G.B.Ext. would be 6 lanes plus North and South bound access roads each being at least 2 lanes each. The map shows alternate routes from I-30 across towards Hwy 80 but route from 80 to past D.B.S. towards I-20 is set.
You be the judge. Is this the end of Devil's Bowl Speedway? I will keep an eye out for more developments.