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Top Stories: Commission To Consider Whether I-635 Expansion Will Get State Money

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: The Texas Transportation Commission this morning will consider the proposed expansion of 635-LBJ at a hearing in Austin.

The I-635 LBJ East Project would improve and widen the interstate from the High Five interchange with U.S. 75 to Interstate 30 in Dallas County. An estimated 200,000 vehicles drive along that stretch of highway each day.

The Commission previously removed the project from consideration from its 10-year plan after state leaders balked.

The 635 expansion includes four managed toll lanes. However, Texas voters twice approved constitutional amendments allowing existing sales, oil and gas taxes to build highways - on the condition that the money cannot go toward tolls.

Other stories this morning:

  • 35 nonprofits will get a slice of $150,000 in grants from the Communities Foundation of Texas for projects addressing issues of racial equity. 
  • The Big Screen’s Oscar series kicks off with “I, Tonya.”

You can listen to North Texas stories weekdays at 8:22 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM.

Former KERA staffer Krystina Martinez was an assistant producer. She produced local content for Morning Edition and KERANews.org. She also produced The Friday Conversation, a weekly series of conversations with North Texas newsmakers. Krystina was also the backup newscaster for the Texas Standard.