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From the Desk of Andy Eads – Feb. 2014

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Well, 2014 has kicked-off with a bang and shows no signs of slowing down. Our road projects are on fast track, with Copper Canyon Road recently completed and the expansion of FM 407 due for completion this year.

On Friday, Jan. 24, Denton County Judge Mary Horn, County Commissioners, and officials from the Texas Department of Transportation, broke ground on the 3.3-mile expansion of FM 2181 in Denton and Corinth, which will result in a six-lane, divided road from FM 2499 to I-35E.

This $25 million project has been a long-time coming and will provide yet another option to ease traffic for Denton County residents during this time of continued population growth. The expansion, along with other major roadway improvements, is also expected to continue to enhance economic development in the county.

FM 2181 is scheduled for completion in approximately two years and once completed will be a great east/west connector for all of us here in southern Denton County.

As I’m sure you have noticed, construction is underway on the 35-Express project. Current work includes drilling for the new southbound Lewisville Lake Bridge and work on the bridges at Bonnie Brae, McCormick, Whitlock Lane, Crosby Road, Valwood Parkway and Valley View.

Be sure and check out the project website www.35express.org for updates and current road closures and detours, as well as upcoming construction.

Did You Know?

In 2009, Denton County Commissioners Court approved a Denton County Veterans Treatment Court, which has recently become quite active. The Veterans Court was modeled after a similar program in Tarrant County and is designed to treat combat-related mental illnesses which might lead to a veteran’s criminal behavior. Often, mental or physical trauma during combat can lead to alcohol abuse or other abusive behaviors and may result in run-ins with the law.

Judge David Garcia has led this Veterans Court to provide treatment and alternatives for veterans who truly want to make a change. Judge Garcia, in collaboration with the District Attorney’s Office, Denton County Veterans Office, and Denton County Veterans Coalition, work to help our veterans with a comprehensive approach to gain the skill set and education needed to deal with their experiences and allow them to continue living their lives as productive members of the community.

Upcoming Elections

Just a reminder of the upcoming Primary Election on Tuesday, March 4, with early voting from Feb. 18 through Feb. 28.

Information for early voting polling locations and hours; finding registered voter names (under the Voter Information/Voter Lookup tab); and contact link information for voter’s elected officials are available at the county’s election website: www.votedenton.com.

Voters are now required to present an approved form of photo identification in order to vote in all Texas elections. Identification must be current or have expired no more than 60-days before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place; except for the United States citizenship certificate. Visit www.votetexas.gov for more information.

Examples of acceptable forms of ID are: Texas Driver’s License; Election Identification Certificate; Personal Identification Card; Concealed Handgun License; United States Military Identification Card; United States Citizenship Certificate; and United States Passport.

If you have any questions or comments, please let me hear from you. My e-mail is andy.eads@dentoncounty.com and my office number is 940-349-2801.

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