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Blacklands Turnpike

Mark Haslett

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North Central Texas Council of Governments

Opponents of a proposed toll road between Greenville and far northeastern Dallas County plan to present their objections to elected officials throughout the area on Tuesday.

The activist group Texans United for Reform and Freedom (TURF) plans to hold a press conference at 9:30 a.m. on Tue. Oct. 14 in front of the Hunt County Auxiliary Courtroom at 2700 Johnson St. in Greenville. TURF also plans to make its case during the Hunt County Commissioners Court meeting scheduled for 10 a.m. at that same location.

Mark Haslett / KETR

For about a year and a half, Dallas-area media didn't pay a whole lot of attention to the North Central Texas Council of Governments transportation study of the "Blacklands Corridor" between Greenville and northeastern Dallas County. There was a bit of a rumble in early 2013 when it seemed developers might try to put in a toll road along the old Blacklands Railroad right-of-way, but when the Council of Governments shot down that plan, the whole story went onto the back burner for a while.

Mark Haslett

The latest in a series of public meetings presenting the possibility of a new toll road in the region was held in Rockwall last night. KETR’s Mark Haslett reports.

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A proposed private tollway to relieve traffic in the area appears to be dead.
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Texas Turnpike Corp.

The North Central Texas Council of Governments Transportation Division is hosting another public forum on theongoing Blacklands Corridor study next Thursday.

The public meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 4 at NeSmith Elementary School, 801 Presidents Blvd. in Lavon.

The Blacklands Corridor Feasibility Study is an ongoing assessment of transportation needs in a wide area from Greenville to Garland. The study area stretches from U.S. Hwy. 380 in the north to Interstate 30 in the south and includes portions of Collin, Dallas, Hunt and Rockwall counties.

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While the prospect of a toll road along the old railroad corridor west of Greenville seems to have been left by the wayside, there’s little question that transportation development in the immediate area is on the way.

The North Central Texas Regional Council of Governments Transportation Division isn’t publishing final recommendations until the end of 2014, but one-third of the way into its yearlong study of the Blacklands Corridor, some likely recommendations are becoming apparent.

Mark Haslett

A big crowd filled the Fletcher Warren Civic Center in Greenville Thursday night, for the latest public meeting concerning plans to address future transportation issues along the Blacklands Corridor between Greenville and the Dallas area.

Mark Haslett

The process of providing public input for the Blacklands Corridor Feasibility Study continue with a meeting in Greenville on March 20. The event will begin with an open house at 5:30 p.m., followed by a presentation by North Central Texas Council of Governments Regional Transportation Division staff at 6 p.m.

A public comment period will follow the presentation and the evening will conclude with another open house following the public comments.

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UPDATE, 3:45 p.m.: As of around 3 p.m. this afternoon, the HCPC Facebook page had vanished. The North Central Texas Council of Governments Transportation Department confirmed that the page and the post were unrelated to any NCTCOG activity. And so the mystery remains, perhaps to be cleared up at the upcoming public meeting on the Blacklands Corridor in Greenville. That meeting will be March 20 at the Fletcher Warren Civic Center, located at 5501 S. Business Hwy. 69, beginning with an open house at 5:30 p.m.

City of Lavon

The chances for a toll road being built along the old railroad right-of-way between Greenville and Lavon seem very slim, now that the North Central Texas Council of Governments' Transportation Division has said the corridor doesn't look like a good place for a road of any sort.

But, Dallas-based Public Werks, Inc., the firm that first proposed the "Blacklands Turnpike," hasn't given up the idea of a toll road connecting Greenville with the suburbs of Dallas.

Debt issues tied to SH 130 could impact toll projects

Oct 23, 2013
Bob Daemmrich / The Texas Tribune

A year ago this week, a toll road opened in Central Texas that represented two milestones for the state. While its posted 85 mph speed limit — the highest in the country — drew international headlines, many state and local leaders were more interested in the road’s unique financing: A private consortium designed and built the road and agreed to operate and maintain it for 50 years in exchange for a cut of the toll revenue. 

NCTCOG

In Arlington today, the North Central Texas Council of Governments Regional Transportation Council received a status update on the Blacklands Corridor feasibility study. The council is overseeing the project, which will review transportation options along the Blacklands Corridor between Greenville and Lavon. Researchers will also consider the corridor within the context of the overall transportation plan for the entire region, which could include other major highways, such as a connector between Interstate 30 and U.S.

Blacklands update today in Arlington

Oct 10, 2013
NCTCOG

The North Texas area’s transportation planners are expected to receive another update today on the progress of a transportation study which may include a proposed toll road between Greenville and Lavon.

The Regional Transportation Council of the North Central Texas Council of Governments is scheduled to convene for a business meeting at 1 p.m. today in the NCTCOG headquarters in Arlington.

NCTCOG

The meeting of the Sulphur River Regional Mobility Authority in Cooper on Sept. 5 included a review of the current situation surrounding the Blacklands Corridor.

Mark Haslett / KETR

The board of the Sulphur River Regional Mobility Authority will meet this week, and the Blacklands Corridor is on the agenda.

Irving meeting will include Blacklands Corridor

Aug 7, 2013
Mark Haslett / KETR

The proposed toll road between Greenville and Lavon is expected to be one of the topics of discussion this week during a meeting of the area’s transportation planners.

NCTCOG

North Central Texas Council of Governments Transportation Department staff introduced the upcoming Blacklands Corridor Feasibility Study to the public in Lavon on July 25.

Public study will determine Blacklands Corridor use

Jul 26, 2013
Greenville Herald-Banner

The parking lot and cafeteria at Phyllis NeSmith Elementary School in Lavon were filled Thursday night, as representatives from the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) announced the start of a transportation study of the area between Lavon and Greenville.

KETR

People from the Dallas area and Northeast Texas will get a chance this evening to learn more about a proposed toll road that would be built between Greenville and Lavon. 

Public meeting on Blacklands corridor set

Jul 17, 2013
Mark Haslett / KETR

Area residents will get a chance next week to learn more about a toll road being proposed between Greenville and Lavon, prior to the start of a formal transportation study on the project.

North Central Texas Council of Governments

The director of the North Central Texas Council of Governments' Transportation Department says that a bill in the Texas Legislature - Senate Bill 1110 - would neither increase nor decrease the likelihood of the Blacklands Turnpike becoming a reality.

NPR

A bill with possible implications for public-private transportation projects like the proposed Blacklands Turnpike is making its way through the Texas Legislature.

Mark Haslett

Northeast Texas communities, interested in the fate of the "Blacklands Corridor," await today's revision of the regional transportation plan.

Mark Haslett / KETR

In western Hunt County, a nearby railroad right-of-way is now an ominous presence to some.

Mark Haslett / KETR

Citizen input continues on the proposed turnpike that would run from Greenville to Lavon.

Mark Haslett / KETR

The North Texas Council of Governments will host public meetings for input on the region's transportation plan.

Mark Haslett / KETR

The North Texas Council of Governments will reveal its new transportation plan - which could include the Blacklands Turnpike - on April 11.

Daniel Starks / KETR

The proposed Blacklands Turnpike went from concept to project over the past year.

cottonbeltcorridor.com

Finding out which company is trying to contract with the government requires just a little digging around.

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