The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

January 25, 2013

Town Hall meeting on toll road scheduled

By BRAD KELLAR
Herald-Banner Staff

GREENVILLE — A town hall meeting is scheduled this weekend to discuss the toll road which is proposed to cross Hunt County.

Hunt County Precinct 2 Commissioner Jay Atkins, who is opposed to the project, is hosting the event starting at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Caddo Mills Office/Barn on FM 36, just south of State Highway 66.

Atkins cast the dissenting vote Tuesday, as the Commissioners Court voted 3-1 to approve a non-binding resolution of support for the potential toll road which is proposed to be built between Greenville and Lavon.

The proposal from the Texas Turnpike Corporation also includes a plan to build a new, non-toll road from west to east across North Greenville and connecting with Interstate 30.

Phase 1 of the project would be a privately owned and built toll road covering approximately 24 miles between just west of Greenville and Lavon in Collin County, along a portion of the Northeast Texas Rural Rail Transportation District (NETEX) right-of-way.

The right-of-way has been secured through a long term ground lease agreement between the Texas Turnpike Corporation (TTC) and NETEX through the cities of Josephine and Nevada, to just west of State Highway 278 in Lavon.

The TTC is proposing to build a limited access four lane divided toll road in and along the right-of-way, leaving room for NETEX’s rail restoration plan in the future, in order to help relieve congestion along Interstate 30 between Rockwall County and Dallas County.

Phase 2 of the project, between State Highway 78 and the President George Bush Turnpike will be planned and constructed in the future.

Atkins said Tuesday that he had “numerous issues” with the proposal, noting the route would bi-sect nine county roads in his precinct.