DALLAS - The Texas Department of Transportation can "unfreeze" private bidding for completing and operating a $1.2 billion toll highway in the Dallas area if the North Texas Tollway Authority passes on the project, a spokesman for TxDOT said.

The state transportation agency last year narrowed a list of finalists for the State Highway 161 project to four private developers before the Texas Legislature rewrote the process for awarding toll projects under SB 792.

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