OVILLA – At a recent Ovilla City Council meeting, Loop 9 was again a strong topic of discussion.  

With roughly 100 residents in the crowd, a presentation given by Brian Clark of Atkins Global and Bruce Nolley of the Texas Department of Transportation regarding the proposed alignment of the Loop 9 corridor was lively.  

At the meeting Clark noted that after a comprehensive study, the $6 billion, 40-plus miles and 1,200-feet-wide corridor was just too much for what would be the numbers in regard to actual traffic.  

With that news it was also explained that Loop 9 investors had decided to reduce the size and speed to 70 miles per hour to allow TxDOT more room for adjustments as needed.

A proposed alternative by the city of Cedar Hill that will affect Ovilla was also discussed in which that city would like to move the route of Loop 9 about three-fourth of a mile south of the original location, passing through Ovilla just north of the Dallas/Ellis county line.  

“TxDOT consultants presented an alternate route for the proposed Loop 9 project that would have located the proposed roadway just north of the Dallas/Ellis Coumty Line splitting the city of Ovilla into two pieces,” said Ovilla Mayor Richard Dormier.

From the residents there was a resounding “no.”

“For many years, previous city councils and the citizens of Ovilla have opposed a proposed route that would split our city and it is estimated that over 100 persons were in attendance at the meeting recently to voice their lack of support for this latest proposal,” Dormier said.  

Two presentations were given regarding Loop 9 as residents waited outside for their turn to hear what the Loop 9 proposal would be.  

After both presentation the Ovilla City Council voted unanimously to oppose the proposal.  

“It resoundingly came across that Ovilla was not in favor of changes to Loop 9 and was against Cedar Hill’s proposal,” Ovilla councilmember Doug Hunt said. “It would devastate the life the citizens of Ovilla have come to enjoy and expect.”