DALLAS -- Dallas County officials said yesterday they would proceed with a $400 million acquisition of two Texas Turnpike Authority projects, even as a similar deal between the authority and Harris County appears stalled until next year.

Dallas County Judge Lee Jackson said the county will continue to negotiate the terms of a revenue bond-financed acquisition of the Dallas North Tollway and Mountain Creek Lake Bridge projects by using a never-tried franchise arrangement. Under that structure, a county-created corporation would take control of the projects but would not legally own them.

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