06-05-06 - A TXDOT project to improve transportation across the state ends in our area and has people in Cooke County working to get the information out that farms, homes, and plenty of countryside stand in the path.
The overall route combines new and existing highways, stretching thousands of miles from the Texas-Mexico border all the way up through Grayson and Cooke Counties; a road cut out of a 10-mile wide path ending east of Gainesville. The Gainesville city manager says the project will improve the city’s access to the metroplex, which is key to economic development.
While the corridor could take 50 years to complete, east Cooke County residents are already vocalizing opposition, starting with a meeting set for Tuesday night. The meeting Tuesday night will be held in Woodbine and is open to the public. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. with free food being served from 6:30 p.m. to the start of the meeting.
It will be at the Woodbine Elementary School Cafeteria, which is locatred at FM 678 and FM 3164.
Speakers include Blackland Coalition Attorneys, and the Honorable Bill Freeman A second meeting will be held Tuesday, June 13th, at the Woodbine Elementary School. Speakers include State Representative Rick Hardcastle. The Texas Department of Transportation will also be holding public meetings in counties affected by the corridor this July.