Rockwall Throws a Party for the New 205

Construction of State Highway 205's expansion finished after four years

By Ellen Goldberg
|  Saturday, Mar 27, 2010  |  Updated 5:10 AM CDT
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It's Finally Finished! Rockwall Loves the New 205

It's party time! The expansion of State Highway 205 in Rockwall is finally finished.

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It's Finally Finished! Rockwall Loves the New 205

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Rockwall is celebrating the completion of a major road project Saturday.

State Highway 205, the main north-south artery through Rockwall, has been under construction for nearly four years. The city outgrew the two-lane highway many years ago.

Cake decorator Stephen Braden said he spends more time on Highway 205 than he does in the kitchen of the Rockwall Cake Factory.

”You could sit for an hour and a half just trying to get from downtown to I-30,” he said.

Not only was 205 a slow ride, it was also a bumpy one, Braden said.

“The road had potholes in it," he said. "It was very bumpy; you’d drive a wedding cake and would be really nervous getting there.”

But those days are over. After four years of construction, the expansion of the highway to six lanes is now complete.

“It means wonderful planned growth -- no more two-lane highways,” Rockwall resident Ruth Peck said.

Drivers and downtown business owners say they already notice a difference.

“The traffic for cupcakes and little snacks -- that's tripled, because people can walk down here now,” Braden said.

While foot traffic has increased, so, too, have traffic conditions in downtown Rockwall.

“No more potholes, no more bumps, the cake rides great -- (I'm) very excited about it,” Braden said.

The celebration of the "new 205" will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the downtown Rockwall square.

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