While the FM 2642 effort is the largest highway project currently underway in Hunt County, it is hardly the only transportation-related endeavor which will have a direct impact on the area in the coming years.
The Hunt County Steering Committee for Transportation scheduled the “Yes For Roads” Update Luncheon in Commerce Friday, providing the latest details on the projects that were included under the November, 2016 Hunt County “Yes For Roads” Transportation Bond Election.
Number one on the list was FM 2642, which runs from the Hunt/Rockwall county line to FM 1565 and raises the vertical clearance of the overpass, improving mobility at the intersection by adding lanes and relocating entrance and exit ramps.
Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) officials indicated the traffic flow along the roadway has doubled from 30,000 to 60,000 vehicles a day in just the past 10 years, and is expected to increase to 100,000 vehicles a day within another decade.
Completion of the overpass is due in early 2019, while the expansion of FM 2642 itself between FM 35 and FM 36 is expected in 2020.
Another project underway in the Royse City area is a study to improve and widen State Highway 66, between downtown and Greenville.
And TxDOT is in the process of establishing new intersections along Interstate 30 in Hunt County. In addition to the $20 million FM 2642 interchange, there will be new crossings planned at County Road 2509, FM 1565, FM 36, FM 1903 and FM 1570, at a total estimated cost of $127.6 million.