ARLINGTON -- The North Texas Tollway Authority this week will consider renaming a new stretch of Texas 360 the Texas Ranger Tollway, but an official says it has nothing to do with the upcoming election for a new $1 billion ballpark.
“This has to do with history. This has nothing to do with the baseball team,” said tollway authority board member Mojy Haddad, an Arlington architect, explaining that the name would honor the state’s legendary law enforcement unit.
The item is scheduled to be considered Wednesday morning during the tollway board’s regular meeting at its Plano headquarters.
Haddad said two names are up for consideration for the roughly 10-mile stretch of Texas 360 that is under construction from Camp Wisdom Road to U.S. 287, a fledgling area where Arlington, Grand Prairie and Mansfield come together just northwest of Midlothian.
That’s far south of Arlington’s entertainment district. One option is Texas Ranger Tollway, as a tribute to the state’s Texas Rangers law enforcement officers.
Another option is to call the road Johnson Station Tollway, in honor of the 1840s settlement that served as a ranger station and trading post in what is today south Arlington.
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