North Central Texas Council of Governments

Texas Transportation
12:26 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

As growth moves east, frontage roads will change

Two-way frontage roads are designed for rural, low-volume areas.
NCTCOG

Interstate 30 from Dallas into Northeast Texas is changing – and even more changes are coming. In the second of three installments, KETR’s Mark Haslett speaks with North Central Texas Council of Governments Transportation Director Michael Morris.

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Texas Transportation
2:34 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

After 'No Toll Road,' what's next for I-30?

The makeover of Interstate 30 from Rockwall to Greenville has likely only begun.
NCTCOG

Interstate 30 from Dallas into Northeast Texas is changing – and even more changes are coming. In the first of three installments, KETR’s Mark Haslett speaks with North Central Texas Council of Governments Transportation Director Michael Morris.

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News and Culture Notebook
2:38 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Dallas media roundup: Northeast Gateway

Activists collect petition signatures and distribute literature at a Sept. 22 public meeting in Rockwall on the Blacklands Corridor feasibility study, which includes preliminary recommendations for a toll road between Greenville and the President George Bush Turnpike in far northeastern Dallas County.
Credit 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.

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News and Culture Notebook
11:27 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Dust settles, uncertainty rises after toll road meeting

An anti-toll road yard sign in Lavon.
Mark Haslett

Who would have guessed that a North Central Texas Council of Governments public meeting about a proposed toll road would provide more drama than the Texas A&M University-Commerce football season opener?

Before the Lions romped past an overmatched East Texas Baptist team at Memorial Stadium, the Council of Governments public forum in Lavon had disbanded early.

The local fire marshal shut the meeting down about 45 minutes into the evening’s proceedings. The crowd of over 300 packed into the NeSmith Elementary School lunchroom constituted a violation of fire code.

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Blacklands Corridor
7:45 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Toll road meeting shut down

A meeting at NeSmith Elementray School in Lavon hosted by the North Central Texas Council of Governments Transportation Division was shut down by local fire officials, who said the crowd of over 300 people in the school's cafetria violated fire code.
Cliff Gibson Greenville Herald-Banner

A public meeting Lavon to present plans for a proposed toll road linking Greenville with the President George Bush Turnpike in Dallas County ended early last night. About 45 minutes into the meeting, local fire officials shut down the event at NeSmith Elementary School in Lavon, according to a report by the Greenville Herald-Banner.

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Blacklands Corridor
8:18 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Private firm to present toll road options in Lavon tonight

A toll road between Greenville and the President George Bush Turnpike appears increasingly likely, though the route of the throughfare has not been identified.
Texas Turnpike Corp.

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Blacklands Corridor
1:59 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

'Eastern terminus' of proposed road undecided

Matthew Hopkins of Hunt County addresses the audience of about 50 area residents who attended the May 13 forum in Garland.
Mark Haslett

If - and everything about the Blacklands Corridor has an "if" in front of it - there is a new road between Greenville and Garland, there are quite a few places where it could go.

The North Central Texas Council of Government's Blacklands Corridor Feasibility Study is on schedule. By the end of this calendar year, the agency expects to have recommendations for the future of transportation infrastructure in the region between Greenville and the President George Bush Tollway in Garland. The study area includes parts of Collin, Dallas, Hunt and Rockwall Counties.

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Blacklands Corridor
2:40 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Bumped off rail line, Public Werks still pursuing toll road

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.

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Blacklands Turnpike
4:29 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

All options on table for Blacklands Corridor

The area under study stretches from central Hunt County to northeastern Dallas County.
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.

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Blacklands Turnpike
5:31 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Morris: Public will retain planning control

Michael Morris
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.

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Blacklands Turnpike
8:52 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Public meetings address Hunt-Collin toll road

Large rolls of hay dot a field in western Hunt County, just north of the NETEX right-of-way.
Mark Haslett KETR

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

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Transportation
7:48 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Commissioners sign off on county transportation plan

GREENVILLE - Tuesday’s vote on the Hunt County Transportation Plan culminated more than two years of work, according to W.D. Hilton Jr., co-chair of the Hunt Country Transportation Committee.

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Transportation
7:48 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Council throws support behind draft transportation plan

A map presented at January public forums shows the layout of some draft options for Hunt County transportation improvements.

GREENVILLE -  The move comes two weeks after the county transportation committee and North Central Texas Council of Governments held public forums introducing the plan. 

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