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March 20, 2014

Addressing possible corridor’s feasibility

GREENVILLE — State transportation officials will be in Greenville tonight, to address future transportation issues in the region.

The Regional Transportation Council of the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) is hosting public meeting at the Fletcher Warren Civic Center, 5501 South Business Highway 69.

An open house is set to begin at 5:30 p.m., with the presentation and public comments to start at 6 p.m., followed by another open house at 7 p.m.

The purpose of the session is to present the latest information concerning the Blacklands Corridor Feasibility Study, which will evaluate the need for a new transportation facility along or near the Northeast Texas Rural Rail Transportation District (NETEX) right-of-way from Interstate 30 in Hunt County to the President George Bush Turnpike in Dallas County.

Last month the agency announced a preliminary analysis had revealed the right-of-way through Caddo Mills, Josephine and Nevada would not be suitable for the construction of a proposed new roadway.

The NCTCOG has not ruled out other potential purposes for the land, including a commuter rail line or a bicycle/pedestrian trail.

Some of the other recommendations under consideration by the agency include improvements at bottlenecks along Interstate 30, and an expansive widening of the interstate throughout the region, which would include freeway lanes, tolled express lanes and the construction of continuous frontage roads. The NCTCOG is also considering the construction of a new highway/freeway/tollway in the region, which would connect with the Collin County Loop, State Highway 78 and other planned or existing roads.

None of the options are close to being formally considered.

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