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Dallas gets green light for Trinity Parkway Toll Road

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The city of Dallas faces two options as it finally tries to get the long delayed Trinity River Corridor moving.

The city was recently given the green light from the Federal Highway Administration.

The agency had been looking at different options and studying the damage to the environment. It recommended a nine mile toll road just inside the east levee, which has been the city's number one option.

The Trinity Parkway Toll Road is part of the much bigger Trinity River Corridor Project – a much talked about plan that includes parks, trails and lakes.

There are still some hurdles for the city, though.

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers is still evaluating the impact on wetlands and flood plains.

A public hearing between the Texas Department of Transportation, North Texas Tollway Authority and the feds is set for April 24.

Of course, there's still the issue of funding. The estimated cost of the project is $1.5 billion.

So even if it's approved now, actual construction is years away.

And, the city can opt to not build a toll road at all. In fact, that's what some council members are leaning towards.

So traffic jams of sorts are expected at City Hall in the months ahead.

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