Friday, May 11, 2007

Road plan at heart of debate Park project gets broad support, but some want to slam brakes on tollway

08:22 AM CDT on Friday, May 11, 2007
By BRUCE TOMASO / The Dallas Morning News

In the latest fight over the Trinity River Corridor Project, there's one thing both sides agree on:

A lot of water has passed under the bridge since 1998. That's when Dallas voters overwhelmingly approved a $246 million bond proposal to transform the river from a ditch to a downtown jewel.

To City Council member Angela Hunt, the changes made to the plan over the years are so radical and disruptive that the current project is no longer what voters approved.

In particular, she's irate that the "Trinity Parkway" – originally a divided highway with four northbound lanes on the downtown side of the river bottoms and four southbound lanes on the Oak Cliff side – has morphed into a high-speed toll road, all on the downtown side, that will whisk motorists past the river park and lakes while providing little or no access to those recreational amenities.

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