NORTH TEXAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – With a booming population, it’s a challenge to escape rush hour traffic. Just ask Percy Bryant who gets caught in it. “Everyday from 2:45 to 7:15, it’s crazy. I mean traffic is already horrendous over here. It’s like bumper to bumper times three.”READ MORE: UNT Hands No. 15 UTSA Crushing Defeat, Dashing Perfect Season Dreams
Bryant lives in Cedar Hill, but travels for work along Interstate-35E to get into Dallas. He sells his own line of active wear online and despite the congestion, he likes to deliver the clothing to his customers personally.
“When they make you your choice, especially a small independent brand, and you take the time to come deliver to them, it’s that extra special touch.”
Now, drivers like him and hundreds of thousands of others may catch a break. If statewide ballot measure Proposition 7 (Prop 7) passes, it will set aside billions of dollars each year in additional money to build new roads and improve existing ones without raising taxes.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott is among those promoting the measure. So is Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, who sits on the Regional Transportation Council.READ MORE: States Debate Whether Or Not To Drop 'Dehumanizing' Terms For Immigrants
Jenkins, says “It’s very important. None of that money can be used for any kind of tolled project. This is only for traditional roads and we desperately need more capacity on our traditional roads, particularly the roads coming in and out of Dallas.”
Regional transportation planners say if Prop 7 is approved, I-35E from I-30 north to Oak Lawn in Dallas, which handles 285,000 vehicles each day could be improved. Another area that could see improvements is along I-30 between state highway 161 and Belt Line Road in Grand Prairie.
Percy Bryant says he hopes voters across the state approve. “I could get home and get some sleep earlier. It’ll be great, a smoother flow, I can get back to my side of town.”
Early voting is now underway. Election day is November 3rd.Dallas Police Ask Public For Help Finding Deadly Hit-And-Run Suspects
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