The Ellis County Commissioners Court approved an agreement to contribute rights-of-way funds with the Texas Department of Transportation for the Loop 9 project at its Monday meeting.

The 10-mile roadway will connect Interstate Highway 35E in Red Oak to I-45 near Ferris.

According to the TxDOT website, the project will be built in three phases. The segment from I-35E to I-45 will be the first construction at the cost of $450 million. The project seeks to meet the needs of land-use changes, traffic growth, and the new inland Port of Dallas, which encompasses 7,500 acres.

Once completed, Loop 9 will be made up of six lanes with frontage roads.

Precinct 3 Commissioner Paul Perry stated Loop 9 would help with the continuous growth in the county.

“We agreed a long time ago to help with the right-of-way purchases, and all of the other taxing entities are doing the same thing. We are going to offer them $75,000 for their first installment,” Perry said. “Loop 9 is going to help to move traffic from west to east and east to west in the northern portion of Ellis County and the southern part of Dallas County. It will help with traffic congestion as we grow more and more.”

Perry stated TxDOT is working to acquire the needed right-of-way for the project at this time.

Precinct 4 Commissioner Kyle Butler shared Perry’s thoughts about the project's impact.

“It will be built on the northern area of the county and will relieve some pressure and congestion,” Butler said. “Growth is going to continue, and this is going to help with that.”

For more information about the project and its progress, go to www.keepitmovingdallascom. Additional questions about the project can be set to TxDOT Engineer Matthew Atkinson at matthew.atkinson@txdot.gov.