On June 23, 2004,
Smith and Gregg
Counties filed a petition for authorization to form an RMA. The petition
identified the continuation and the completion of Loop 49 in
Smith County as a
four-lane divided highway, including an eastern corridor to extend into
County as their initial project.
On September 7
and 8 and on October 7, 2004, TxDOT conducted public hearings to receive public
comments on the proposed RMA formation.
that at the public hearing several individuals
spoke in favor of the creation of the RMA. TxDOT also reported that several individuals submitted
written comments, most in favor and one opposing the development of toll roads.
Resolutions supporting the RMA were received from commissioners courts of
and Gregg Counties and a joint resolution of support from the cities of Tyler
The initial board of directors
members; six directors appointed by Gregg and Smith County
commissioners courts, and the chair appointed by the
At the time
Governor Perry announced the appointment
of Jeff Austin III of Tyler as chair of the NETRMA, he also
announced that the NETRMA was in the process of expanding
to include Cherokee, Harrison,