Thursday, March 15, 2007

"Do we get our park as was promised, or do we get a toll road in the flood plain?"

Activists Want Toll Road Plans Blocked

Mar 14, 2007

Bud Gillett
CBS 11 News
copyright 2007

(CBS 11 News) DALLAS A group of Trinity River activists wants to block the planned toll road for the Trinity River Corridor.

The group is launching a petition drive to put the issue to Dallas voters.

Campbell Read and his dog regularly enjoy nature's offerings along the Trinity River.

He thinks the proposed 4-or-6 lane toll way in the river bottoms west of downtown is not the beautiful, lake-dominated park that was sold to the voters.

"The voters need to be given a chance to vote on this one way or another," Read said. "Do we get our park as was promised, or do we get a toll road in the flood plain?"

He and 100 others announced plans to get 50,000 voters' signatures and force a referendum on the toll road and to let the park be a park.

"We don't have to have this toll road to make this project happen," said Angela Hunt, Dallas City Council. "That's a fallacy you're going to hear time and time again from the folks who want to put his toll road in the park."

Hunt says residents have been victims of what she calls "bait and switch" tactics at City Hall. The group claims the toll way has not only morphed into a billion dollar project that will require a third of the available park land, it will also compromise the safety of the levees.

"It's a shame that people are being misled by what you're saying," said former state legislator Bill Ceverha. He served on some early trinity committees and says these criticisms are bogus.

"To say that it's all the interference and taking away a third of the park, like Angela said, is a gross exaggeration and misrepresentation of this project," he said.

The group will begin collecting signatures during early voting for the May election with an eye on getting on the ballot in November.

(CBS 11 News)

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