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The Ellis County Press

CEDAR HILL – An estimated 800 citizens attended last week’s Loop 9 meeting according to Janie Haga of the South Cedar Hill Homeowners Association.

Haga, whose five-acre property is in the line of destruction is fed up with just being told to read the state’s Loop 9 Web site.

"If you just look at what we have online it will give you the most updated information we have," said Mike Nesbitt , Loop 9 project manager from TxDOT.

Many crowd goers murmured they didn’t know to look for their house to be torn down on the internet while others simply don’t even go online.

When asked whether Cintra-Zachary, a company located in Spain, was awarded the contract to collect toll revenue, there really wasn’t a direct answer given.

Opposition was in full swing against Loop 9, which will be the outermost circle around the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and eventually will be a 240-mile road around the cities.

The first 40 miles, a toll road, are proposed to stretch from Interstate 20 near Seagoville to Highway 287 in Midlothian.

Many local officials from Ellis and Southern Dallas County were in attendance.

Dallas County Commissoner John Wiley Price, made sure he proved to citizens that this was something that they had a vote on several years ago .

"I support Loop 9," said Price as he was booed as he left the podium.

James, a working man from Lancaster said "this is not about the elected officials, it’s about the people."

Mannix Smith, on behalf of Lancaster Citizens group said he was very pleased with the turnout and the focus now ,while they work on more public awareness meetings is to flood all your local elected officials with letters.

For more info and forms on the letter writing campaign visit www.elliscountypress.com

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