Residents have another opportunity to ask questions and review plans for a segment of Loop 9 that would come through Ellis County during a public meeting slated for 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 11, at the Cedar Hill Recreational Center located at 310 E. Parkerville Road.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, arterial streets like Bear Creek Road and Belt Line Road are growing more congested as residential, commercial and industrial development takes place. This congestion is coupled with heavy truck traffic from the Inland Port of Dallas, an inter-modal freight facility located near Interstate Highway 45 and spread out across 7,500 acres and five municipalities.
Loop 9 was designed to help reduce congestion by providing motorists with an alternative route, with the first section of the loop to run from U.S. Highway 67 to Interstate Highway 35E. The loop will eventually extend to Interstate Highway 45, with portions located in the cities of Red Oak and Ferris.
According to TxDOT’s website, the first section is about 9.4 miles in length and has an anticipated cost of $450 million. A no-build alternative and refined alternatives will be looked at during the meeting.
For additional information, visit the Loop 9 project website at www.keepitmovingdallas.com. Questions about the project can be directed to engineer Pauline Morrell at TxDOT’s Dallas District office by email at Pauline.Morrel@txdot.gov or by phone at 214-320-4443. The Dallas District Office is located at 4777 E. Highway 80 in Mesquite.