Super-Highway Plans Underway

7-9-06 – State officials are holding public hearings on plans for the new Trans-Texas Corridor in Grayson, Cooke, Fannin and Lamar counties this week.

State officials hope the corridor, which would boast several lanes for traffic and rail lines, helps alleviate traffic on existing highways. However, the proposed toll road is raising some questions among local residents who live in the corridor’s projected path.

In Grayson County, the proposed path falls within a ten mile wide area in the southwestern part of Grayson County before crossing into Cooke Country.

Construction may not begin for fifty years. Still, some neighbors say the project could destroy thousands of acres of farm and ranch land.

Supporters say the corridor has the potential to bring more economic growth to cities in its path.

This week’s public hearings are just part of the first phase of the corridor planning project. The Texas Department of Transportation plans to have the general route laid out by this time next year. That’s when TX-DOT will begin narrowing down specific locations that will be affected by corridor construction.

All public hearings begin with an open house at 5:00 p.m. The public hearings begin at 6:30 p.m.

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