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Planners kick toll road proposal to curb

Oct 17, 2014

Opponents of the proposed toll road from Greenville to the President George Bush Turnpike in far northeastern Dallas County have spoken, and the North Central Texas Council of Governments appears to have heard.

Staff at the agency announced on Oct. 17 that they will not recommend that the toll road, called Northeast Gateway, be included in the regional transportation plan, called Mobility 2035.

North Central Texas Council of Governments Transportation Director Michael Morris, shown here at a 2013 meeting in Lavon on the proposed toll road, leads the office that announced on Oct. 17 that it will not recommend in favor of the road.
Credit Mark Haslett

“Instead, staff are recommending the Blacklands facility should remain as a corridor for future evaluation, with updated limits, consistent with the North Central Texas Council of Governments feasibility study that has involved technical work as well as public involvement opportunities during the last 15 months,” officials said in a release.

The North Central Texas Council of Governments had previously recommended in favor of the road, but one month of strong public opposition prior to the Oct. 17 announcement appears to have contributed to the agency's reversal of its position.