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Symbolic funeral held for controversial toll way project

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DALLAS - A potential two billion dollar toll way project in downtown Dallas might not get off the ground. Supporters say the Trinity Parkway could still be built but others are saying the project is dead. 

The Trinity River Corridor Project has been in the planning stages since 1998.  Even though the Federal Highway Administration gave the toll road its blessing, there have been financial and environmental hurdles.

About 50 residents and business owners in the Bishop Arts District held a symbolic New Orleans-style jazz funeral procession for the death of the toll road.

“There’s a bunch of us over here in Oak Cliff that think there is a better way to spend a billion dollars than on a 9-mile stretch of road that we’re going to pay for for eons to come,” says Amy Cowan.  “We’d rather have a park, something that brings the quality of life.  Let’s make that happen instead.”

Cowan and others oppose the toll road say soaring costs and environmental impacts have gone up since voters gave the project a green light seven years ago.

It was envisioned to be a 9-mile, 6-lane toll road inside the levees of the Trinity River to bypass downtown Dallas.  The estimated cost of the road is $1.5 billion along with another 529 million to federal government says is needed to restore an aquatic ecosystem for the toll road.

The feds have authorized the next step in the project to be taken and according to some, the most significant sign of the project is the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.

Mayor Rawlings supports the project and says he looks forward to seeing it become a reality.

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