Meeting: On-again, off-again LBJ East expansion project

Councilman Adam McGough will host an update on LBJ East’s expansion Thursday.

Confused about the on-again, off-again status of expansion and renovation to LBJ East?

You are not alone.

You can hear an update Thursday night from Dallas City Councilman Adam McGough, currently leading the charge to put LBJ East back on the state’s list of active projects.

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After the completion of LBJ West – with its TEXpress optional toll lanes – LBJ East was identified by the Regional Transportation Council (RTC) and the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) as the area’s number one priority due to traffic, car crashes and limits to nearby economic development. It was green-lighted after years of cooperation between officials from Dallas County and the cities of Dallas, Garland and Mesquite, and it had the backing of community and business leaders, but it was pulled from the list of funded projects in December. That’s when anti-tollroad Senators Don Huffines and Bob Hall worked with Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to turn all of LBJ East’s green lights red.

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McGough’s community update will be held Feb. 15 from 6-8 p.m. at Highland Oaks Church of Christ, 10805 Walnut Hill. You’ll likely find it easily. It’s where TxDOT held multiple community meetings seeking input for the project.

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