Collin County Texas Citizens ANGRY over the North Texas Outer Loop-Which could become part of the TTC....Somervell County Salon-Glen Rose, Rainbow, Nemo, Glass....Texas


Collin County Texas Citizens ANGRY over the North Texas Outer Loop-Which could become part of the TTC....

18 December 2006 at 8:11:01 PM

Who says the majority of people like these toll roads? Besides politicos who don't want to spend money where it ought to be spent and would rather let private companies ream the public after taking their property? What's really crazy is that here you had a meeting in which commissioners okayed the *technical alignment* of TTC that would be at US-75 and 121 in one part, AND the commissioners had already approved the alignment two months previously. So, then why the hell were there citizens there except to take up breathing space?

First off, what IS the Outer Loop? Right now it's not part of TTC but look out, mama!

The Outer Loop is long-term project that is planned to be built north of U.S. 380 and will connect Collin County o Denton and Rockwall counties.

Commissioner Jack Hatchell said he would approve the motion if Jaynes deleted the $8 million to be used for the proposed Outer Loop. Hatchell said he had issues with committing the $8 million for the Outer Loop, which, “more than likely will become the Trans Texas Corridor.”

I heard so often at the TXDot TTC meetings where the soothing words about "Don't worry. It's YEARS into the future... and it might not happen" were dished out like candy. But it alsays seemed to me that the only reason for saying that ilk was to quiet down the rabble.

The county has not secured funding for the highway or most of the right of way for the highway, and the alignment is not “set in stone,” Jaynes said.

The commissioners approved the Outer Loop alignment from U.S. Highway 75 to Texas Highway 121 two months ago. Some landowners who live near the U.S. 75 to Texas 121 alignment asked the commissioners why they were invited to be there when the commissioners had already approved that alignment. Rebecca Bona was one of those and asked the court how it plans to get the right of way for the loop. Jaynes said 90 percent of the right of way for the Dallas North Tollway in Collin County was donated, which caused many people to laugh.

John Gunnell, who has owned land northeast of Farmersville for 36 years that used to belong to his grandfather, spoke against the alignment.

“I’ve been working all this time so I have a place to retire. If you’re successful in getting the Trans Texas Corridor to come in, then there will be no property left for these people,” Gunnell said.

“This is my house and I built it two-and-a-half years ago and Collin County never mentioned I was in a proposed right of way when I got my building permit,” Gunnell said.

One man asked why the realtors in the area didn't inform people about this taking of their land or that this path might become part of the approved TTC?

One man threatened to get all of the commissioners voted out of office while Cole was speaking after everyone had spoken in the public hearing. Numerous people laughed, clapped and cheered at comments made by people who spoke in opposition about the alignment during the meeting. Almost everyone who spoke during the public hearing said the recent notice each received via certified mail from the county about the public hearing was the first notice they have received about the Outer Loop.

The DMN has the route, as well as more quotes from angry citizens (except one who bought land as an investment and thus naturally is happy to sell it and make some bucks)

As planned, the loop will start just south of Nevada at the Rockwall County line. It will run north to an area east of Blue Ridge. It will then veer to the west and run east-west across much of the northern part of the county, including Anna, Melissa, Weston and Celina. It eventually will connect to a Denton County road that will reach I-35E

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