Welcome! Thank you for your interest that began with the proposed Hunt/Collin County toll road. Your voices stopped the proposed toll road from being rammed into our community without regard to the community opinion. Right now the NCTCOG Blacklands Cooridor Feasibility Study is underway to see if there is a transportation need in this area to change/update the currently approved 2035 Mobility Plan,( that the toll road is not part of at this time). We are trying to gather information and public opinion regarding what this study may discover. NCTCOG is moving quickly to resolve their study to end speculation as soon as possible and need your input. Anything you can add would be appreciated. This site is set up as a BLOG for general discussion with a few pages of information that will be updated as new information is available. You may comment on any post by clicking “leave a reply” or “reply” and filling out the form. If you would like to start a new thread, you must register by clicking the “register” link toward the bottom of the right-hand column. If you would just like to get on the email list to receive periodic updates, please use the “contact us” form. You may also “contact us” with any questions you may have.
Let’s keep our quiet country life QUIET by being involved! Thank you!
Update: We NEED email addresses! We NEED you to contact your elected officials, but we need to organize. An organized group can speak much louder. Please fill out the “contact us” form. We have mailed physical letters to all the physical addresses we could find that are adjacent to the right-of-way, but this affects SO many others. So please pass the word to your neighbors!
According to the Texas AG: https://www.oag.state.tx.us/agency/landowners_billofrights.pdf
I believe this is important information to know when folks are told they will be “compensated” for relocation.
Advice provided by a prominent lawyer in Dallas that deals exclusively with ED and relocation litigation strongly advises that no one accept a deal from the government or government entity representing the government without legal counsel.
There are so many unexpected costs with relocation and if you try to deal alone with the government or their agents, you will not be reimbursed what you deserve-remember it’s their job to get you relocated at the lowest cost possible and remain within the broadly written law that governs these activities.
Of note-the most anyone will be compensated for any relocation is no further than 50 miles from their condemned property. ( unless your lawyer and the government reach a separate agreement).
This fact sheet was provided by Neal Barker of the Texas Turnpike Commission.
Instead of rumors, here are the proposed routes that TTC have researched for your review so you can go to the meetings with the most accurate information.
Please note that at the bottom of page 1 is the timeline they are working under until they submit the final route for approval in 2015. The 9/4/2014 meeting in Lavon is public feedback meeting 1 with the last public hearing in early 2015, so please attend these public feedback meetings and send your feedback to NCTCOG and your representatives to have your voice heard. Please make sure you reference the new name, Northeast Gateway Project.
TTC also has their contact information on this factsheet if you want to ask for any information or schedule a meeting of your community to get more information directly from them.
Northeast Gate Map Lavon-Wylie portion
( Blog Note- This map was passed out to community members in the Wylie area, it was not provided by TTC to our blog).
“Plans for the tollway would have the road cut between Community Park and the Garland landfill. The road is expected to be mostly four lanes, spanning 27 miles from PGBT to FM1570. An impact study of the proposed project showed some houses directly in the path of the road. While Public Werks does have the power of imminent domain, (Neal) Barker said the ability would only be used in extreme cases.
According to (Neal) Barker, there has only been one other private toll road in the state: the Camino Colombia Toll Road in Laredo. The Camino Colombia tollway opened in 2000, and by 2003 it was foreclosed due to lower-than-projected traffic counts and high costs, among other things.”
(Blog Note-The Camino Colombia tollway was foreclosed on late in 2003, and was purchased by its main creditor, the John Hancock Life Insurance Company, for the minimum $12 million, 1/6 of the construction value. The only other bidder was the Texas Department of Transportation at $11 million. The route was subsequently closed to all traffic until May 2004 when TxDOT purchased the route from John Hancock for a negotiated $20 million.).
The next public meeting is in Lavon at 6:00pm on Sept. 4 at the NeSmith Elementary School 801 Presidents Blvd. Lavon, Texas 75166.
Please attend in order to get the most up to date information and make your voice heard. If you can not attend, please use the big blue comments button on the Blacklands Corridor website http://nctcog.org/trans/corridor/blacklands.asp and your comments will be entered into the public records, just the same as if you had spoken at the meeting.
This was in today’s Texas Tribune:
Firm Proposes Private Toll Road Northeast of Dallas, by Aman Batheja.
“The Texas Turnpike Corporation of Dallas wants to build a private toll road in an area northeast of Dallas. If built, the road would be the only private toll road in the state and one of the only such facilities in the country.”
There is probably a good reason this model isn’t replicated anywhere else in the nation.
Please stay abreast of the facts on the NCTCOG Blacklands Corridor website and attend the meetings in order to get the latest updates. Make sure you stay involved with your emails to your local Precinct Commissioners, your County Judge, the NCTCOG, circulating the petition, and filling out the NCTCOG Blacklands Corridor Survey.
Make sure your voice is heard because it does count, not writing or attending the meetings and speaking your mind is the same as saying yes to the toll road.
For those of you in support of a toll road, please comment about why you support it.
Please read this article in the Dallas Morning News. The toll road idea is NOT dead. The bottom line is that our state officials are in love with toll roads right now. If they think the state can get a new road built by a private company, they are all for the idea. That way they can say they built a new road without raising taxes. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Stay tuned…
Everyone, please go to this link and take the survey which will drive the NCTCOG initial review of public opinion about adding rail, or a bike trail or even a new road project to the current 2035 Mobility Plan. The survey is weighted to get you to select some form of transportation improvement. If you don’t know the 2035 Mobility Plan, get the copy and read over the short presentation. Know what is planned so you are not sucked into solving a problem that doesn’t exist or has a programmed solution.
Simple solutions improving our current roads, like banning trucks in the left lane of I30 from Greenville to Garland and/or making the frontage roads one direction each, and those changes alone would reduce traffic that slows movement to and from Rockwall/Garland due to the causeway across the lake. Allowing HWY 66 to become a 4 lane would revitalize Caddo Mills and remove the impact I30 had on the city by bringing local traffic back to 66 from Rockwall to Greenville. Royce City is growing due to their part of 66 being improved, why not Hunt Co. towns and cities getting the same oppurtunity.Choose your selection carefully and remember his survey counts!
The survey is located on the right side of the webpage in a square showing a car and the question written in orange. There is another survey below it about how information is flowing from NCTCOG to you.
Also please write the NCTCOG an email stating your opinion on how the Blacklands Cooridor should be developed or not developed. Each of your emails will become part of the public record. However, it’s easier for the NCTCOG to see a survey results than read hundreds of emails, so make them do their due diligence and submit both.
This issue will be with us for our generation since Hunt Co. joined the Metroplex. We are looked at as flyover/drive thru land. People outside of our area don’t see our communities, only possible profits from our land. Don’t allow your future to be dictated by politicians. Be part of the solution and growth of our community.
The NETEX/Publicwerks Toll Road that was proposed to run from Greenville to HWY 78 and onwards to the GHWB Tollway is no longer being considered. The Cotton Belt RoW was deemed not suitable for the construction of a new roadway.
NCTCOG has a public meeting scheduled to brief the latest developments In Greenville and the North Texas area on the 20th of March. Please visit the NCTCOG website to get the latest information.
There are ongoing plans to amend the 2035 Mobility Plan.
scroll down to the Far North Dallas Tea Party HD 102 Forum.
This plan to develop a passenger rail along this RoW is one of many proposed amendments to the current Mobility Plan. It is meeting with public resistance since it would be at considerable public subsidy with your tax dollars, so don’t stop paying attention to what our elected officials in the Metroplex are contemplating with our tax dollars.
I expect these proposals to be discussed at the meeting on the 30th of March.
Hopefully you’ve seen the billboard near the intersection of Hwy 205 and 78. It is paid up through mid January. To keep it up for another month, we need $250. If anyone would like to contribute to the cause, please contact us. Thanks!
Read the article in The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX.
Here is a side-by-side view of the study areas. Click to see a larger view.
Interesting post by the North Texas Citizens Lobby. Read it!