I just discovered that in the next year or two, the construction of the new Chisholm Trail Parkway (CTP) in southern Tarrant county is going to break our access to Fort Worth.

The CTP crosses F.M. 1902 (Old Granbury Road) in 3 places – two locations in Johnson county, and the one location in southern Tarrant county. For the two locations in Johnson county, the CTP toll road will overpass F.M. 1902. But the one location in Tarrant county, the intent is to just chop Old Granbury Road on each side of the toll road and dead end them into the CTP using cul-de-sacs.

There are lots of people who live in Johnson County who use Old Granbury Road to get to Fort Worth businesses – that will stop when the toll road is completed.

Many of us also use Old Granbury Road to access the Army Corps of Engineers “Rocky Creek” park on Benbrook Lake. The boat ramp there is 6.8 miles from our house.

After the toll road is complete and Old Granbury Road becomes a cul-de-sac, my non toll road routing to the same boat ramp will be 14.2 miles

To use the toll road, I would have to drive about 1 mile to the closest on-ramp for the new toll road where the CTP crosses over C.R. 920, then up the toll road about 6 miles to the closest off ramp to the boat ramp plus another 4.2 miles on a non toll road. So that’s about 11.2 miles, 6 of which is tolled.

The toll rates have not been set, but all other toll roads run by the NTTA are charging 15.3 cents per mile for a 2 axle vehicle. Having 3 axles by pulling a boat or trailer doubles that rate to 30.6 cents per mile.

So, 6 miles times 30.6 per mile = $1.84 for a one way trip, so double that to $3.68 to take my boat to the lake via the toll road. We usually take the boat out twice or more on nice weekends

I’m not sure anything can be done about this at this late date – I’ve asked one of the “Public Involvement Representatives” from the “Corridor Management Team” if there is any process that can be followed to protest and/or appeal the decision of using those cul-de-sacs, but have not received a response.

I honestly think if more people knew what was about to happen that there would be a lot more uproar about it. I’m considering starting a website to Save Old Granbury Road. Let me know if anyone is interested.

Further reading from WFAA – http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/Chisholm-Trail-Worries-159669135.html

My latest post on this topic is http://my-instinct-was-wrong.com/2012/09/17/chisholm-trail-parkway-more-info/

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