Public Werks

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.

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
8:03 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Public study will determine Blacklands Corridor use

A capacity crowd at Phyllis NeSmith Elementary School in Lavon Thursday, to hear a presentation by the North Central Texas Council of Governments concerning the start of a transportation study for the region between Lavon and Greenville.
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.

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Blacklands Turnpike
3:03 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Public meeting on Blacklands tonight in Lavon

The route of the proposed toll road runs from just west of Greenville to Lavon.

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. 

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Blacklands Turnpike
6:00 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Homeowners anxious in proposed road's path

The NETEX right-of-way, at left, has been identified as a possible route for a toll road.
Mark Haslett KETR

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

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Blacklands Turnpike
10:47 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Public meetings set for Richardson, Arlington

In this area north of Caddo Mills in Hunt County, a line of trees marks the right-of-way that would be used by the proposed toll road.
Mark Haslett KETR

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

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Blacklands Turnpike
8:11 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Transportation plan coming April 11

Neal Barker of Public Werks described the Blacklands Turnpike proposal to the public in Commerce on Feb. 5.
Mark Haslett KETR

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

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Blacklands Turnpike
8:14 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Public Werks, NETEX moved quickly to advance project

The Blacklands Turnpike would run from Greenville to Lavon.
Daniel Starks KETR

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

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Blacklands Turnpike
8:35 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Looking online for answers about developers

An image from the front page of the

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

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Blacklands Turnpike
8:24 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Toll road lease details kept secret

The toll road would follow the NETEX right-of-way from Greenville to Lavon.
KETR / Daniel Starks

Details about the proposed Blacklands Turnpike remain unavailable.

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Greenville-Lavon Toll Road
4:17 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

'Blacklands Turnpike' discussed in Commerce

Lions Club member and A&M-Commerce professor Betty Block, left, talks to K. Neal Barker of Dallas-based Public Werks. In the background at right is Brenda Short of Fate, who opposes the project.
Mark Haslett

A representative from the private firm designing the proposed toll road addressed the Lions Club in Commerce on Tuesday.

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Greenville-Lavon Road
11:01 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Toll road developer to speak in Commerce

Neal Barker of Public Werks, Inc.
Public Werks, Inc.

The next round in the public conversation about the Greenville-Lavon road will occur in Commerce.

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