Residents asked for input on funding refinements

Jan 18, 2012

ARLINGTON - Proposed changes to strategically fund and expedite transportation projects in Texas are the topic of a Thursday meeting in Arlington which could change the status of the Highway 24 expansion.

Residents are asked to provide input about refinement of funding sources and the impact on Proposition 12 projects that were first approved by voters and then authorized by the Texas Legislature in 2007. The Texas Department of Transportation was later authorized to issue the remaining $3 billion voter-approved bonds for projects across the state, resulting in a much-needed infusion of funds in North Texas.

That included the remaining $30 million needed for the expansion of State Highway 24 between Commerce and Cooper from two to four lanes. The project is expected to begin in late 2013 and take about two years to complete.

But since the projects were announced staff from the North Central Texas Council of Governments, TxDOT and local agencies have coordinated extensively and determined changes to the list are needed to strategically fund and expedite projects. 

Thursday’s meeting begins at 4:30 at the NCTCOG office at 616 Six Flags Drive in Arlington.