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Hwy. 205 to open with six lanes Feb. 15; expansion project ending

By J.J. Smith. Good news for Rockwall drivers!  The construction is ending and State Highway 205 will re-open as a new six-lane roadway Feb. 15, extending from Rockwall’s Downtown Square south under I-30 to Sids Rd.

According to an email alert from the City of Rockwall, the northbound lanes will open Feb. 11, although traffic delays are expected to last for a few more days as traffic is moved to the new lanes and traffic signals are re-programmed. Flagmen will continue to direct traffic as necessary.

Southbound lanes will open Feb. 15, marking the end of an expansion project which actually began in 1984 when 13 alternative routes were presented to City officials.

The final route for SH 205 wasn’t selected until 1993 when the six-lane design was approved by City Council under then-Mayor Alma Williams.

Lack of state funding for highway projects delayed construction until the beginning of 2007 when work on the estimated four-year project began.

City Manager Julie Couch said she remembers the years of debate between council members, residents and state officials over the selection of a route.

“We are so thrilled to have the main artery through town opened. It’s been a long-time coming. I’m thrilled!”

After the traffic switch, there will be periodic lane closures in some areas of the roadway while minor work is completed, said City Engineer Chuck Todd, but the state has not provided a final completion date for that work.

For more information or questions about the traffic switch, please contact Kevin Lay, TXDOT Project Manager at (214) 320-6100 or Mr. Todd at (972) 771-7746.

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