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The Commissioners Court held a special transportation town hall meeting at Weatherford College. More than 100 Parker County residents were in attendance to hear Eddie Hass, Transportation Planner with Freese and Nichols, Inc., present on the Parker County transportation thoroughfare plan and existing transportation infrastructure.
In 2017, the engineering firm was tasked with researching the county’s growth patterns and creating a framework to help the county prepare for long-term growth. Their vision is to assist Parker County in developing a system of thoroughfare and corridors that promote mobility, connectivity and safety; maintain and improve the existing infrastructure; and leverage economic benefit to sustain the plan’s long-term viability in a fiscally responsible manner.
“As we looked at this process, we were looking at key concepts like connectivity and creating a network,” states Haas. “This network gets built over time, 10-30 years, and creates a network aimed at leveling out mobility and improving safety conditions. Growth is happening and we need to start thinking about how we can prepare for that.”
This initial planning effort will serve as an outline for potential transportation connectivity, but action is not eminent. “It is important to remember that the document that has been created is aimed to be a living document,” adds Haas. “It is not set in stone and will need to be updated periodically as our community grows and changes.”
County Judge Pat Deen commented on the evening, “We could not be more pleased with the attendance and participation of the town hall meeting to discuss the County’s thoroughfare plan. It is important we are as transparent as possible and get community input as we plan for future growth.”
The next transportation town hall meeting is being finalized and a date will be confirmed shortly. To stay informed of the latest Parker County news, you can subscribe for email or text notifications through ParkerCountyTX.com and choose the option “Notify Me”.
For more information on the thoroughfare plan, visit ParkerCountyTransportation.com.