Hunt County Commissioner Phillip Martin passed the gavel to Jim Latham who is now Judge pro tempore. The symbolic hammer was last struck by Judge John L. Horn in the August session. Judge Horn passed unexpectantly a little over a week ago. Latham started yesterday’s court session by allowing citizens to speak about their memories of John L. Horn. All agreed that Hunt County has grown and progress was made in bringing new industry to the county and getting transportation issues addressed.
The transportation projects are the FM 2642 interchange in Royse City. This will funnel traffic into Walmart and the new Buck-ee’s Service Center. The top priority is the Northern extension of FM 1570 from TX 34 to US 380. This will help the community of Caddo Mills see increased growth as well as funnel L3 traffic from McKinney away from Greenville. Quinlan will see TX 276 bypass completed to alleviate a traffic bottleneck. Finally, TX Dot has started the study to improve intersections on State Highway 24 and 50 in Commerce. The county commissioners and the Greenville City Council sent a request to Representative Dan Flynn to rename the Northern Extension of FM 1570 to John Horn Parkway. Texas Department of Transportation must make the final approval.