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Rockwall County, TxDoT, area officials celebrate completion of FM 551 & Erby Campbell interchanges

(ROCKWALL COUNTY, TX – March 29, 2017) Rockwall County Commissioner David  Magness, Judge David Sweet, TxDOT officials, area mayors, council members and citizens gathered on Friday, March 24  to officially celebrate the completion of expansion improvements for the interchanges at FM 551 & I-30 in Fate and Erby Campbell & I-30 in Royse City.

The two interchanges are part of four interchange projects along I-30 partially funded by Rockwall County, voter-approved bond funds.  The interchange at FM 551 and I-30 was completed in August of 2016 and the interchange at Erby Campbell and I-30 was completed this month.

The two interchange projects were part of Rockwall County’s bond programs in 2004 and 2008 to increase capacity and improve safety.  The interchanges have allowed for at-grade crossings and for commercial development on the four corners at each intersection, contributing to economic development and the tax base.

“The completion of these two interchanges in Fate and Royse City has already had a positive impact for these communities with enhanced mobility, economic development and public safety for those who live, work and visit our community,” said County Commissioner David Magness.

Jeff Bush, TxDOT Rockwall Area Engineer, was also on hand for remarks at the ceremony.  He applauded the collaborative efforts of County and local governments with TxDOT and expressed appreciation for the strong partnership Rockwall County has shown over the years.

Rockwall County Judge Sweet also praised the vision of these projects saying, “Rockwall County is experiencing incredible growth in population and in economic development.  And that’s not by accident.  Because of the vision and foresight of former as well as current leaders, Rockwall County is the destination people are choosing to move to.”

A particularly moving part of the ceremony was when Kenny Campbell, son of Erby Campbell and the person for whom the road is named, gave a tribute to his late father while his sister, Judy sat in the audience with her husband.  Kenny recounted to the crowd his father’s full life and long history of public service to his country, Royse City and Rockwall County that spanned decades.  In closing, he said he could imagine him and his sister riding in their dad’s old pick-up truck just as they did growing up in Royse City, and pulling up to the I-30/Erby Campbell interchange.  He said that if his dad were here to see the big road sign bearing his name and the beautiful interchange, with great humility, he would say to them, “kids, this is an incredible honor.”

PROJECT DATA & FINANCIALS

IH 30 at FM 551

CSJ: 0009-12-078

Project limits: IH 30 at FM 551

Project Description: Reconstruct FM 551 at IH 30 Including Frontage Roads and Ramps

CONST Let Date: Jul-2013                            Estimated Utilities: $285,000

Low Bid CONST Cost: $30,862,690.37

Estimated Right-of-Way: $300,000

Authorized Funding

 

Erby Campbell

Project Notes:

Rockwall County provided Design/PS&E and TxDOT reviewed the consultant’s plans.  Project was constructed by Webber, LLC.  City of Fate funding is for the construction of decorative bridge columns on IH 30 at FM 551 in the City of Fate.

C CSJ: 0009-12-074

Project limits: Erby Campbell at IH 30

Project Description: Construction of Interchange at IH 30 and Erby Campbell

CONST Let Date: January 2012

CONST Awarded to:  Webber, LLC

Low Bid CONST Cost: $19,988,909.00

Total Project Cost:  $26,031,175.00

Funding Partners:

Federal Participation:                                                               $9,838,500.00

State Participation:                                                                      $7,192,675.00

Rockwall County Regional Toll Revenue Funds:              $4,500,000.00

Rockwall County:                                                                       $4,000,000.00

Royse City contribution:                                                                   $500,000

Project Notes:

Rockwall County passed its first road bond program in 2004.  It included several interchanges along IH 30.  The Erby Campbell interchange was submitted to North Central Texas Council of Governments and the Regional Transportation Council Freeway Interchange and Freeway Bottleneck Joint Call for Projects in October 2005 and was selected for funding with 1/3 contribution from Federal dollars, 1/3 from State and 1/3 from locals.  Rockwall County’s contribution was provided by the county’s road bond funds, regional toll revenues and financial participation from Royse City.

Construction began in May of 2013 and was completed in March 2017.  As a part of this project, the frontage roads will be converted to one way.

Submitted press release by Felicia Morris, Chief Assistant, Rockwall County Commissioners Court. 

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