"Critics oppose using toll roads as a fundraising mechanisms and contend the plan allows area transportation agencies to bypass federal regulations."
April 30, 2007
Fort Bend Herald
The Fort Bend County Commissioners Court this week will consider supporting a plan whereby new toll roads in the greater Houston area would be constructed to help fund non-toll projects.
The Harris County Toll Road Authority has developed a proposal with the Texas Department of Transportation whereby some new road projects throughout the eight-county greater Houston area would be toll roads. Funds received through those roads would be used not only to repay any bonds for the roads themselves but spread across the Houston area to fund non-tolled projects considered highly desirable.
One potential beneficiary would be U.S. 59, which would be expanded beyond the Grand Parkway using toll revenues from other road projects.
The plan has critics, some who oppose using toll roads as a fundraising mechanism and some who contend the plan allows area transportation agencies to bypass federal regulations for major road projects.
The court will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Travis Building in Richmond to decide on passing a resolution related to this proposal.
In other business the court will consider:
€ Naming Bass Construction as the design/build agency for the Precinct 1 county facility approved by voters in the 2006 facilities bond;
€ A recommendation by the Fresno/Arcola Advisory Committee to spend $50,000 in funds received through Blueridge Landfill tipping fees toward Fort Bend Corps projects.
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