Dallas City Council Could Vote Against Funding Trinity Toll Road

On Wednesday, DMN editorial writer Rudy Bush dropped a bombshell. In a blog post, he reported that the city attorney, in response to a request from Councilman Scott Griggs, issued a memo saying that the city’s contract with the North Texas Tollway Authority to build the Trinity toll road isn’t the ironclad agreement that we’ve all been led to believe it is. In short, the contract is old, many of the dates mentioned for getting work done have come and gone, and there are too many “agreements to agree,” something the city attorney says are generally not enforceable. The Council could vote to walk away from this contact. It likely could do so without legal consequences. This is huge news. As Bush noted, “It’s hard to overstate how important this is, both from a political and policy perspective.”

Hours after that post went up, the Observer took note of it and had reaction from Angela Hunt. The next day, Thursday, another editorial boarder, Sharon Grigsby, put up a post saying, in so many words, “Wow. That’s big news. We’re talking about it here at the office.”

Today is Friday. News of the city attorney’s memo still has yet to appear in the newspaper or in the main news feed of the paper’s website. I can only assume that Sunday’s front-page story will be amazing.

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