State Representative Chris Turner: Major Progress On SH 360

thumbsh360AUSTIN – In response to today’s decision by the North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) board to enter into discussion with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to construct the main lanes of State Highway 360 in south Arlington and Grand Prairie, State Representative Chris Turner released the following statement:

“Traffic congestion on SH 360 is a serious quality of life, economic, and safety issue for families and businesses in southeast Tarrant County. Today’s decision by the NTTA is a significant step forward in solving this problem. While this process is not yet over, I want to recognize and salute the hard work and good faith efforts by NTTA, TxDOT and NCTCOG.

“Specifically, I would like to personally thank NTTA Chairman Kenneth Barr, NTTA Board Member Victor Vandergriff, Transportation Commissioner Bill Meadows, TxDOT Executive Director Phil Wilson, and NCTCOG’s Director of Transportation, Michael Morris. These individuals and organizations have maintained a clear picture of what’s important in this project – improving mobility and easing gridlock in this high-growth corridor. I look forward to continuing to work with all of the stakeholders to advance this project.”

Since his first election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2008, Turner has made SH 360 a top priority. In 2009 and 2010, Turner organized a stakeholders group that brought community leaders, officials from the NTTA, TxDOT, NCTCOG, as well as officials from Arlington, Grand Prairie, Mansfield, and Tarrant County together in an effort to improve SH 360. The agreement reached today calls for construction of a four lane toll road extending south from the current freeway section to Broad Street. In addition, a two lane toll road will be constructed from Broad Street to US 287. The existing frontage roads will remain non-tolled.

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Chris has worked closely with leaders and citizens throughout southern Tarrant County to find ways to improve the transportation infrastructure at look at alternative methods of travel, including light and commuter rail systems.

Chris understands that the lack of public transportation in Arlington and Grand Prairie is a difficult obstacle for many families who are unable to commute to work or school. Chris believes the state’s transportation priorities should include strategies to upgrade and expand mass transit in major urban areas.

He strongly believes that State Highway 360 must be extended south of Green Oaks, so that Arlington and Grand Prairie families can commute to and from their jobs faster.

 

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