Three days after casting the lone vote against the proposed Blacklands Turnpike, Precinct Two County Commissioner Jay Atkins hosted his regularly scheduled constituent meeting on Saturday, January 26, 2013. Approximately 140 residents turned out to voice their opposition to the project. Com. Atkins made his opposition–and his previous vote–also clear, although he repeatedly conceded that the coming growth in population of Texas–and especially North Central Texas–was an inescapable reality and that something must be done to relieve traffic congestion in the region. Opponents described concerns regarding homes and property value, fearing their quiet way of life would be jeopardized.
Throughout the two-hour meeting, Turnpike advocates Neal Barker and Stephen McCullough remained calm and respectful and answered dozens of questions with grace and poise. Many of these questions–and their answers–can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions section of www.cottonbeltcorridor.com.