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February 2, 2013

Commerce sets eyes on proposed toll road

GREENVILLE — COMMERCE—Recently, both the Greenville City Council and the Hunt Count Commissioners Court approved a non-binding resolution of support for a potential toll road to be built between Greenville and Lavon.

Phase 1 of the project would be a privately-owned and built limited access four-lane divided toll road between just west of Greenville and Lavon in Collin County. The road will be built along a portion of the Northeast Texas Rural Rail Transportation District (NETEX) right-of-way.  

Dr. Ron Johnson, a member of the Commerce Lions Club, said the toll road will benefit the city and college.

“I believe it will have an effect on Commerce,” he said. “It will allow traffic to come here more easily.”

Neil Barker, a representative with the TTC, will speak before the Lions Club on Feb. 5 at 12 p.m., inside the Ben E. Keith Reception Room 2248 on Live Oak Street.

Dr. Dan Jones, president of Texas A&M University-Commerce, will be in attendance as well.

The proposal from the Texas Turnpike Corporation (TTC) also includes a plan to build a new road from west to east across North Greenville and connecting with Interstate 30.

According to the TTC, the road will help relieve congestion along I-30 between Rockwall County and Dallas County.

“Highway 380 or I-30 both are very congested,” Johnson said. “It causes problems because the drive is a killer.”

According to Johnson, the toll road will help the university increase enrollment.

“Students in north Dallas have to make a choice on whether or not to go because of traffic,” he said. “It will free traffic up immensely and I believe it will have a positive effect on the college.”

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