ROCKWALL – Drivers approaching Rockwall from the north and south on Hwy. 205 can now entirely bypass the city after the July 30 grand opening of the $19.6 million John King Blvd./I-30 overpass.
In the south, the 7.2 mile bypass branches off Hwy. 205 to the east from approximately the RISE (Rockwall Indoor Sports Expo) and reconnects to Hwy. 205 approximately one mile north of FM 552, just past the big, white, Colonial-style house on the hill.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Monday to celebrate the grand opening. Participants were federal, state, county, city, and TXDOT officials, plus Chamber of Commerce, REDC representatives and members of the King family. Speakers included Rockwall Mayor David Sweet, County Judge Jerry Hogan, and King’s widow, Marilyn.
The late John King served for over a decade on the Rockwall City Council, Planning & Zoning Commission and REDC Board.
“John’s positive attitude and way of thinking was something that influenced everyone he came in touch with,” said his widow. “John dedicated his time and efforts to a place he called home– Rockwall.”
Hogan said city and county leaders came together on the project because they saw that transportation within the county was fragmented.
“That consortium that was started back in the early 2000s is the reason for this interchange, and it is the reason that the transportation plan for Rockwall County is viable and receiving funds when other Texas counties are not.”
According to Rockwall Director of Internal Operations Joey Boyd, the boulevard was constructed by the City at a cost of $44 million. The I-30 overpass was constructed by TXDOT and the contract amount is $19.6 million.
Construction on the seven-phase project began in 2007.
By J.J. Smith