DALLAS — The North Texas Tollway Authority’s decision in 2007 to pay $3.2 billion for the right to build the Sam Rayburn Tollway was a mistake that has limited its ability to take on new projects, according to NTTA chairman Victor ­Vandergriff.

“Honestly, in my opinion, that was a mistake,” said Vandergriff, who replaced Paul Wageman as chairman last September. “If we had known what was going to happen with the economy, I’m not sure the authority would have stepped up and paid to build that road. That $3.2 billion has taken a lot of cash reserves out of the system.”

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