By BRAD KELLAR
A public meeting is scheduled this week to update the proposed Blacklands Corridor project, which now encompasses a much wider area of acreage between Interstate 30 and U.S. Highway 380, stretching between Greenville and Garland.
The Regional Transportation Council of the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) has announced the expanded study area is approximately 35 miles long and 440 square miles wide and takes in a portion of the President George Bush Turnpike.
The NCTCOG has set the public meeting for 6 p.m. Thursday at the McClendon Elementary School, 601 FM 1138 North in Nevada.
The NCTCOG announced the start of the transportation study of the area between Lavon and Greenville during a July 25 public meeting in Lavon.
While the region has been designated by a private firm as a location to potentially build a toll road, to help ease traffic congestion in the future, NCTCOG officials on hand for the meeting told the crowd they had instructed Public Works to “take a step back”, and let the agency at least begin its study to see if a toll road would be needed along the corridor.
Residents who live along the proposed toll road corridor told the officials they were opposed to the project.
The Council of Governments is now indicating the study will evaluate the need for a new transportation facility along or near the Northeast Texas Rural Rail Transportation District (NETEX) right-of-way, between Interstate 30 in Greenville and the President George Bush Turnpike in Dallas County.