Motorists driving Interstate 30 through the Rockwall area have no doubt navigated the long stretches of construction zones and ramp closures.

The work is part of an overall effort to widen I-30 throughout Rockwall County and more such projects are on the way, heading eastward into Royse City and Hunt County in a few years.

Details of the upcoming I-30 expansion will be presented during the Nov. 15 luncheon offered by the Royse City Chamber of Commerce and the Texas Department of Transportation.

The luncheon is scheduled at Alejandro’s Grill & Cantina, 141 E. Main Street, Royse City. Registration will be at 11:45 a.m. and the program begins at noon.

Lane Selman, P.E. TxDOT area engineer with the Dallas office, will be presenting information on the I-30 expansion project design and construction update.

W.S. “Dee” Hilton Jr. is the chairman of the Hunt County Transportation Steering Committee, a panel comprised of government and business leaders from the county and the cities of Greenville, Commerce, Quinlan, Caddo Mills and Royse City, who have helped oversee projects undertaken from a $24 million road bond package approved by voters in November 2016.

Over the summer, Hilton said that in about 2026, the plan called for widening the interstate from four to six lanes through Hunt County.

Before that happens, multiple interchanges along I-30 — at FM 1570, FM 1903 and FM 36 — will need to be rebuilt.

There is also a plan to extend FM 1903/FM 36 to join with FM 6 just west of Caddo Mills to create a regional road that will give access from the Wylie, Nevada and Josephine area all the way to Interstate 30.

In fact, Hilton said the letting of the construction contracts for Interstate 30 and many of the interchanges are expected by the end of this year and into early 2023.

Seats for the luncheon will be limited and reservations are required. Go to the chamber’s website for more information.

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