Toll road developer to speak in Commerce

Feb 4, 2013

The next round in the public conversation about the Greenville-Lavon road will occur in Commerce.

An executive from the company instrumental in a proposal to build a toll road between Greenville and Lavon will take his firm's message to an audience in Commerce on Tuesday.

K. Neal Barker of Dallas-based Public Werks, Inc., will speak at the weekly meeting of the Commerce Lions Club. The event is scheduled for noon at the Ben E. Keith reception Room, 2248 Live Oak St.

The project, led by Public Werks, Inc., would build a private toll road along an abandoned rail right of way controlled by a public agency, Northeast Texas Rural Rail Transportation District, often referred to as NETEX.

The Greenville City Council and the Hunt County Commissioners Court have both passed non-binding resolutions supporting the project. However, some residents, including those who live or own property in the vicinity of the right-of-way, have voiced opposition to the project.

The first phase of the project would connect Greenville with Lavon, a suburban community in far southeastern Collin County located between Lavon Lake and Lake Ray Hubbard. A proposed second phase would extend the toll road through Wylie, into Dallas County and connect to the President George Bush Turnpike.

The current route from Greenville to Lavon follows Texas Hwy. 66 to Caddo Mills, then Farm to Market Road 6 through Josephine and Nevada.