NCTCOG Blacklands Corridor Study Website
Texas Turnpike Corp. Project Website
Wylie City Council Opposes Toll Road
Wylie City Council voted unanimously Oct. 6 to pass a resolution opposing the Northeast Gateway toll road. Mayor Eric Hogue signed the resolution at a special called meeting.
Hogue said that, although members of council acknowledge and support long-range, comprehensive and regional transportation planning, they believe that the proposed routes of the toll road will not benefit the citizens of the City of Wylie and its Extraterritorial Jurisdiction. ETJ refers to areas that are outside the city limits but still considered part of the Wylie community.
"We’re not against planning for the future,” Hogue said, “but we do oppose this particular private toll road.” The mayor added that, although the resolution doesn’t prohibit the road’s construction, his hope and that of the council is that it will send a message to county and state officials. “We want to be able to plan ahead, and with several alternate routes proposed and no knowledge of where entrances and exits will be, we don’t have the information we need to do so. We had hoped to know how many houses would be impacted, and we do not have all the facts at this point; we have been waiting.”
Several members of the community addressed the council, thanking them for taking this step and urging their fellow citizens to continue to voice their opposition to their county and state representatives.
Texas Turnpike Corporation public meetings that were previously scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 7, in Wylie and Wednesday, Oct. 8, in Royse City, have been cancelled.
The North Central Texas Council of Governments is in the process of completing a regional transportation study that encompasses Wylie, Sachse, Rowlett, Rockwall and Garland on the west and south end up to the Greenville and Hwy 380 area on the east and north end. The Blackland Corridor Study is looking at future population growth, future employment centers, travel patterns, existing roads, and all possible transportation solutions including transit, freight, improvements to I-30 and bicycle paths. One of the conclusions of the study is that a wholly new road is needed to relieve the current and future congestion issues on Hwy 78 and Interstate 30. Multiple public meetings have been held over the last few months, and very detailed and comprehensive information about the Blackland Corridor Study can be found on the NCTCOG website.
The Texas Turnpike Corporation (TTC) is a private sector company that is proposing a roughly 28 mile toll road, the Northeast Gateway Project, to meet the need of that new road. The TTC is utilizing a State statute that has since been repealed that gave the authority to a private entity to construct a toll road including the power of eminent domain. At this time, the TTC is going through a required environmental assessment process that is being monitored by the Texas Department of Transportation. A part of that process is to evaluate route alternatives, some of which would impact Wylie.
With regard to the Blackland Corridor Study, the staff of the NCTCOG make recommendations to the Regional Transportation Council (RTC), which is the independent transportation policy body of the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Dallas-Fort Worth region. The RTC's 44 members include local elected or appointed officials from the 16-county metropolitan area and representatives from each of the area's transportation providers. The RTC oversees the metropolitan transportation planning process, including funding recommendations.
Also included in the Blackland Corridor Study are suggested arterial roads that might intersect with the proposed toll road. Specific to the Wylie area, Kreymer Lane is shown as a possible connection. The City’s Thoroughfare Plan has included Kremer Lane as a future major road for many years. Kreymer Lane would be a logical north-south road for Wylie at some point in the future, with or without a proposed toll road.
The City of Wylie has been monitoring this project, attending the meetings, and remains in contact with the NCTCOG, TxDOT, TTC and our neighboring cities. Information regarding the preliminary routes (shown on the attached map) was just made available September 4th and will require a great deal of study and evaluation. There are multiple questions that still need to be answered before we believe we can come to an informed decision as to what stance the City may take in the future regarding the proposed Northeast Gateway Project.
To keep up with the demands of growth (184% increase in population since 2000), maintain a high quality of life, provide better access to schools and to promote economic development, since 2007 Wylie has invested and plans to continue to invest in more than 13 miles of new and reconstructed roadways. This is in addition to the Parker Road and Highway 78 projects that enhance access to Wylie. At the current cost of approximately $1.35 million dollars per lane mile, that’s more than $50 million in projects. Funding sources include the '03 & '07 County Bonds, '99 & '05 City Bonds, TxDOT and the Woodbridge Crossing (Target) developers agreement.
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