Tolling the Bell

Just when you thought that pesky private Blacklands Toll Road project was dead and gone, you would be wrong.  Isn't it heartwarming to know you have been pwned?

According to Urban Dictionary: It basically means "to own" or to be dominated by an opponent or situation, especially by some god-like or computer-like force.

Indeed, that nasty business about splattering down tons of cement from Greenville, to Nevada, to Rockwall, through Wylie's Equest and country neighborhoods, on through to Rowlett and connecting with the PGB Toll Road never really died that slow, horrible, and terribly painful death we had all hoped it would.

Rather, a game of hide and seek has been played with it while the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) pretend it is dead as they ask the Texas Department of Transportation to keep it in their plans and hidden away from prying eyes.

Well those eyes, they did pry, and we can thank Texas State Representative Cindy Burkett and The Dallas Observer for tolling the bell on this.  The toll road has been placed on TXDOTs statewide road planning document.

What the hell does that response mean?  I'm thinking GI Joe has romped around the napalm just a little too much back in the day.

Rep. Burkett has requested a letter clarifying the nonsensical response from old Joe, to which his reply was he wanted to meet in person.  Right.  We all know meeting in person means he is too much of a wussy to put it in writing.  So much for transparency.

To date, G.I. Joe has requested the toll road be removed from TXDOTs nifty list, however they refused, stating they will take the matter up again at their February 2015 meeting.  Might be time to send those self proclaimed demi-gods at TXDOT some North Central Texas love.  Oh, and also the transportation director Saint Michael at NCTCOG, let's send him some love too.

Lt. Gen Joe F. Weber, USMC (Ret)
Executive Director
Texas Department of Transportation
125 E. 11th Street
Austin, TX 78701

North Central Texas Council of Governments
Michael Morris, Transportation Director
606 Six Flags Drive
Arlington, TX 76011

Now go shred those phone lines.