John King Blvd – Always Intended as a SH-205 Bypass

From the 2011 Rockwall Comprehensive Plan, and to further reinforce the purpose of John King Blvd., read extracts from the plan.

Appendix C – BACKGROUND & INTRODUCTION

“John King Blvd. is a City initiated, funded and constructed roadway. Named for an exceptional City leader, statesman and former Councilman, it was conceived to provide bypass traffic relief to Texas highway 205 which penetrates downtown, and to provide access and structure for developing properties on the east side of the City.”

john king in the rockwall comprehensive plan 2011

City of Rocwall Comprehensive Plan 2011

Extract from Comprehensive Plan, Page 34

“John King Blvd corridor (see Appendix “C”). John King Blvd was conceived to provide by-pass traffic relief to Texas State Highway 205 and to provide access and structure for development on the east side of the City. The City should adopt design standards for this corridor similar to those in place for other key entry points to the City, particularly given the opportunity of enhancing the image of an undeveloped roadway corridor.”

Recently, new residents living along John King Blvd. discovered the intended use of that thoroughfare. They protest its use as a SH-205 bypass.

It’s human nature to resist change.  But, changes are inevitable in a city like Rockwall where growth is the new norm.

The issue is the common good. We the residents of Rockwall have endured major thoroughfare construction and improvements. I thank God Ridge Road is no longer a two-lane blacktop. I’m also thankful for the privilege to participate in the county 2008 road bond election that accelerated reconstruction of Ridge Road below Interstate 30.

No doubt residents in the southeast areas of Rockwall are thankful for improvements to SH-276 that for most of its history was a simple two-lane blacktop roadway.

Due to funding shortfalls, TxDot expects cities and counties to ‘pony up’ part of the cost of thoroughfare construction.

What to SH-205, FM-740 and SH-276 have in common? They are public thoroughfares.

Because public thoroughfares are issues bigger than one neighborhood or small city, they must be carefully coordinated to assure adequate capacity for vital transportation routes. The City of Rockwall doesn’t exist in a ‘transportation vacuum’. Our fair city is but one of many in our North Texas region where thoroughfare plans are carefully worked out years in advance to assure equitable provision for all the municipal and county entities.

The North Central Texas Council of Governments is the agency that is responsible for cooperative transportation planning.

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click on the above imaqe to learn about NCTCOG

 

What is the NCTCOG?

“The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) is a voluntary association of, by and for local governments, established to assist local governments in planning for common needs, cooperating for mutual benefit, and coordinating for sound regional development.”

Learn from the NCTCOG 2012 Update how the council of governments how John King Blvd. fits into the master thoroughfare plan for our area. The outer loop project, by the way, will dwarf all other major transportation routes. And, sometime in the future, I-30 will be widened to handle growth of east-west traffic.

Transportation is always good for everyone. The folks who object to our plans for John King Blvd. as a SH-205 bypass would not be living where they are if we had not agreed to spend roughly 85 million dollars for that roadway.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

2 thoughts on “John King Blvd – Always Intended as a SH-205 Bypass

  1. The John King has always been called a by-pass and was originally conceived to divert traffic off 205. It’s a wonderful asset to our city. As usual with our Tx Highway Department, Rockwall did not get the funds to build this road from the state, unlike in other state funded by-passes in other cities, so our city leaders (Bill Cecil and Bob Cotti) had the foresight to realize we needed more than one north/south major road in Rockwall and to say we couldn’t wait for the state. They moved forward and built the John King.

    I understand residents on the J King not wanting an expressway going thru that area and also residents not wanting the expansion going thru the heart of our town.

    If we had a decent highway department they would build a loop around Rockwall in land not so heavily populated and connecting it to Lavon area. We need a totally new road NOW. We need Hwy 66 renovated NOW and not going thru the heart of Royse City.

    The Texas Highway Department needs to be forward thinking and a lot less destructive to our communities. Their favorite approach is to have all sides battling each other. That is their forte.

    Carol Crow
    Rockwall

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