Breaking: Controversial Trinity Toll Road Officially a No-Go

Dallas has ended decades of debate about a highway project proposed to run along the Trinity River.
August 9, 2017, 2pm PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"The Trinity toll road is dead," reports Stephen Young. "After limited discussion Wednesday morning, the Dallas City Council voted 13-2 to abandon Alternative 3C, the only federally approved plan for a road between the Trinity River levees."

According to Young's coverage of the event, the final nail in the coffin of the controversial project seemed ensured last week, during a briefing on the status of the project.

In additional coverage, Robert Wilonsky provides commentary on the political will behind the decision. According to Wilonsky's take, the demise of the project could be credited to former Dallas City Councilmember Angela Hunt. Wilonsky writes:

The vote, overwhelming and unimaginable but two years ago, did not stop Hunt from tearing up, just a bit, and reveling in the moment. She had waited for this since 2007, when, as a young council member, she led the special citywide referendum to kill the road that was thwarted by road-builders, landowners, politicians and Dallas Citizens Council members who made it their life's mission to sink Hunt's efforts.

Wilonsky has been a regular reference in Planetizen's coverage of the Trinity Toll Road over the years.

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Published on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 in Dallas Observer
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