RED OAK – The wind was brisk and the sun was shining as Red Oak city leaders along with school board members, former city councilmen and representatives of Ellis County were on hand Monday for a dedication ceremony for the opening of the rebuilt Red Oak Road.

Mayor Alan Hugley acknowledged previous city leaders who envisioned the project and recognized a number of people who had a part in construction of the new thoroughfare.

“I just want to thanks to the previous leadership and council that conceived this idea and then got out and won public support,” the mayor said. “Before this was completed, you could drive down Red Oak Road and see school kids walking in the ditches. It was virtually impossible turning off of Methodist (Road) when Red Oak Road was so busy – now those ditches have been replaced with sidewalks and residents of Red Oak can safely pass through the community on this new road.”

Hugley noted entities and individuals that contributed to the finished product including David Ridgeway, former city engineer; Tricia Hatley, Freese & Nichols; Lynn James, XIT Construction; Charles Brewer, public works director; Henry Berg, public works construction superintendent; Tim Kelty, city manager; Ron Brown, Ellis County commissioner Pct. 4; Jim Pitts, state representative; former council members; area property owners; and Red Oak ISD, especially Superintendent Scott Niven and president of ROISD  school board John Hawkins.

“The school district was just fabulous to work with,” Hugley said. “This road project was finished promptly and on budget – and Ron Brown helped at every level. You know, it has been said that ‘it takes a village to raise a child,’ but I want you to know that it takes a community to build a road.  

“If we all work together, Red Oak can become what we know it can be,” he said.

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