Grayson County officials talk tollway extension, thoroughfares

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GRAYSON COUNTY, TX -- Planning for a major tollway decades away is in the works now.

Thursday, Grayson County officials discussed realigning major thoroughfares to prepare for future growth, including talks of extending the tollway past Collin County.

"It's going to happen. The question is not that can you stop it. It's going to happen; how well do you want to plan for it," said Mike Shahan.

Right now, the tollway ends at U.S. 380 and U.S. 75 in Mckinney.

But preliminary plans would extend the tollway from FM 121, parallel to State Highway 289 in Pottsboro, ending at FM 120 in Denison.

RMA and NTRA director Mike Shahan says based on DFW's continued growth, Texoma needs to be prepared for growth of its own along the I-35 and HWY 75 corridor.

"In 40 to 50 years, we're probably going to be on the north edge of the metroplex," said Shahan.

It's because of that growth, that county officials say there's lots of planning that must be done, even though you may not see anything until 30 years down the road.

County Commissioner Phyllis James has been a part of the tollway development.

She says the growth is inevitable, so preparation is important.

"As growth continues north, you know Grayson County will be the next county to develop," said James.

Back in 2011, TXDOT estimated the cost of tollway construction at nearly half a billion dollars.

But there have been changes to the construction plans over the years, so that cost may have changed.

James says as of right now, there is no set start date for construction.