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The Ellis County Press

LANCASTER – The recent home built for Dallas Police Lt. Carlton Marshal by thousands of volunteers for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, appears to be the quiet home one longs for.

Welcome Loop 9.

Loop 9, a toll road proposed by Texas Department of Transportation beginning in the 50s, has been gaining momentum once again and has even been mentioned as part of the Trans Texas Corridor by Gov. Rick Perry ,R, will go through parts of Lancaster, Glenn Heights, Desoto, Cedar Hill and Midlothian.

The Marshalls new home on Hash Road will just be a mere 500 yards from the projected toll, designed to help truck traffic on Interstate 20.

"The Loop 9 Project will destroy our way of life as well as our property values and financial security.  We are currently outside the city limits of Lancaster, but the city is in the process of annexing this area because they believe Loop 9 will produce an economic boom for the financially strapped city.  "Tax revenues they see coming will be for truck stops and other toll road related businesses that will displace us," said James Adams, neighbor to the Marshalls on Hash Road and Loop 9 opponent.

Despite the appeals for looking at alternative routes by grassroots citizens’ groups in Lancaster and Cedar Hill, TxDOT continues to move forward with plans for a toll road that will tear through the peaceful Hash Road area as well as other neighborhoods and displace as many as 1,200 families in South Dallas County alone. 

Many additional homes in Ellis County also stand in the way of the Southeast Loop 9 Project. 

"Maybe the Extreme Makeover folks and our local media outlets can ask TxDOT and our state officials why Loop 9 has to follow a 50-year-old route, and ruin the lives of hundreds of Texans, including the Marshalls, when other options at less cost and certainly less human sacrifice exist – we know because we have proposed them, said Janie Haga, South Cedar Hill Homeowners’ Association public affairs coordinator.
"It seems like the Marshalls have suffered enough.  Now their dream home will turn into a nightmare in a few years when they are forced to live next to a busy highway full of 18 wheelers or are forced to move or sell out for cents on the dollar,"said Haga. 

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