A road construction crew works on a widening project. (credit: Getty Images/Joe Raedle)


NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM)- A possible change in the way Washington distributes highway money could work against North Texas and it’s all a result of dramatic population growth.

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You’ve probably heard that more people are moving to North Texas, but who would have thought that would work against us. “The results of the 2010 Census have shown that the north/central Texas area, in particular Tarrant County, are growing at a very rapid rate,” explained Linda Cherrington, with the Texas Transportation Institute.

Tarrant County Judge Glenn Whitley says federal officials are considering breaking up Dallas/Fort Worth into three or four separate, urban areas, costing us federal highway funds.

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“If the spending of federal dollars are dependent upon it going through certain areas then we lose that when we have this disjointed, different entities all over the same cog district,” said Whitley.

The judge is urging local officials to lobby Washington to keep North Texas as one urban area. “So why do we want to have Denton and Lewisville up there and McKinney up there and then Cleburne, when we’re all in the same council of governments area?” he asked.

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Whitley says Washington should be pushing for more regional units and not encouraging individuality. He’s urging local officials take their case for more highway money to Washington ahead of any final decision.