"NTTA would turn 161 into a toll road and collect revenue from it for 52 years."
April 18, 2008
By JASON WHITELY
DALLAS – After months of negotiations, it appears Highway 161, still under construction, will become a toll road after all.
Friday afternoon, state Senators John Carona and Florence Shapiro, along with Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, helped TxDOT and the NTTA reach a breakthrough in Dallas.
Neither side would release precise details about costs and years involved until the NTTA board approves it. NTTA called a special board meeting Sunday afternoon to consider the proposal.
NTTA spokeswoman Sherita Coffelt said the agreement reached is similar to one of its own proposals in which the NTTA would turn 161 into a toll road and collect revenue from it for 52 years. After that, Coffelt said, the NTTA and TXDOT will share toll revenues.
Highway 161 runs north and south from I-20 in Grand Prairie to 183 in Irving.
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