Thoroughfare town hall

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Greenwood Road, which has been widened, is just one of many roads on the Parker County Master Thoroughfare Plan to help improve the flow of traffic in the county.  

Parker County officials, along with engineering firm Freese and Nichols, will be holding a transportation town hall at 6 p.m. on Dec. 10 at Weatherford College to review the county’s thoroughfare plan.

“Primarily it will be discussing the thoroughfare plan and an opportunity for the public to ask questions about how the plan works and why the county has chosen to implement a thoroughfare plan,” Freese and Nichols Engineer Tim Sansone said.

On Dec. 26, 2018, the county adopted a Master Thoroughfare Plan to assist in long-term project planning, which shows road networks through private rural land, according to the county’s transportation website. The projects may take years to develop and the alignments are not yet determined.

“One of the things we want to do is get input from the community to get them involved with this for something that is very, very important — planning for the future growth we’re having, making sure they understand how we’re doing it and just being as transparent as we can,” Parker County Judge Pat Deen said. “It’s educational and will allow our engineering firm, the commissioners court and myself to go through this process. We want to help people understand at least the methodology on how we come up with that thoroughfare plan, looking at future growth rates and where those growth patterns are going to be, spacing between where these loops are for effectiveness, but yet being sensitive to when you put something on the thoroughfare plan, you cripple and hurt property.”

After hearing from concerned residents in Precinct 2, the western portion of the Master Thoroughfare Plan was cut out in August until additional feedback could be gained.

“One of the main things that concerned me was the lack of public input before it was accepted. The actual map on the 2018 plan shows there are four major loops in the plan to go around the northwest portion of the county and one of them is just two miles away from the current Ric Williamson [Memorial Highway], which is not finished as to date. There are more economical routes to get around the city, so I don’t know that we need four major loops,” Precinct 2 resident Robert Randolph said at a previous commissioners court meeting. “I’m really glad the court has decided to look at this again and review it to maybe get some public input before we put it back online. I’ve heard it said that the 2018 plan is just lines on a map, but those lines on the map are affecting property owners. I don’t believe it’s a matter of moving lines, I’m suggesting we do away with an unneeded line.”

Sansone said the meeting will be good for the community.

“It will be beneficial for the community to attend to find out more information about the thoroughfare plan,” Sansone said. “The thoroughfare plan is beneficial for the county because it lays a foundation for future transportation networks and identify key areas of investment for improving roads and keeping traffic moving forward.”

The room for the meeting at Weatherford College has yet to be determined, but the county will update the public online at parkercountytx.com.

Comments, thoughts and ideas can be shared with the county officials during the meeting and for those that will be unable to attend, but want to submit comments can do so by emailing Lillian Painter at lillan.painter@parkercountytx.com.

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