Seniors feel threatened by Chisholm Trail Parkway

Chisholm Trail Parkway

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Some residents of the St. Francis Village retirement community feel threatened by the new toll road which is headed in their direction.



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Posted on June 19, 2012 at 10:29 PM

CROWLEY — Work on the Chisholm Trail Parkway is right on schedule, and it could be finished in two years' time.

But residents of the St. Francis Village retirement community are concerned about plans to close off the main route into their development.

“It's not going to be much of an advantage for us, because we can get to where we need to go," said resident Bill Humm.

The tollway will cut right through Granbury Road, which connects to FM 1187. Residents and commuters use the road daily. Humm believes residents should have more alternatives around the toll road.

“In any project of this kind, there are a winners and losers," Humm said. “The ordinary people who use this road are going to be the losers if they close it."

“It's such a long tollway, it impacts people in different ways, and certainly we've talked with them before," said North Texas Tollway Authority spokesman Michael Rey. He said officials with the agency have heard residents' concerns and are working to map out a solution.

But exactly what that solution is has not been decided.

Staff at St. Francis Village hope the plans will include alternate routes around the tollway.

“The average age is 78 years old. It's going to be a safety hazard, these people even getting on that toll road for a mile," said David Tolson.

The Chisholm Trail Parkway is expected to open in two years.