After 30 months of construction on a $1.4-billion project, major traffic relief is upon North Texans.
The 27.6-mile Chisholm Trail Parkway toll road opens to drivers Sunday. But Saturday it was open to runners and bikers.
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"It was really great to be a part of history because this event will never happen again,” said Tricia Smit, of Arlington, after her run. “It was very smooth, a little hilly and windy, but a beautiful day and a lot of fun."
"It was my first time running a half marathon, so I loved it,” said Rod Hurst. “I ran the whole way. It was all pretty much downhill and I enjoyed myself."
An estimated 2,000 people ran a half-marathon or 5K and another 1,500 rode their bikes on the new nearly 28-mile toll road connecting downtown Fort Worth south to Cleburne. Come Sunday, you can put your car on it, but be sure and get a TollTag if you don't have one already.
"Looks like it's going to be a beautiful toll way and a really nice way to travel south of the Metroplex and not have to battle traffic,” said Mike Saffle, of Mansfield.
"It'll speed things up. We need it, so I look forward to it," added Hurst.
It took more than 40 years of and collaboration between 10 public and private entities to open the toll road.