Weatherford Mayor Dennis Hooks, John Cordary, P.E., of TxDOT, Bob Pence, president and CEO of Freese and Nichols, Clarin Gniffke, of Rep. Kay Granger’s office, Rep. Phil King and Mary Ann Williamson spoke, offering their thanks and congratulations to the county and its partnering cities and agencies.
Pence advised the Williamson family’s children — who received yellow hard hats from the county emblazoned with, “Pop’s Highway” — to continue the work that their grandfather, a former chairman of the Texas Highway Commission, initiated.
“The work doesn’t stop when we cut the ribbon,” he admonished.
“All over Parker County there’s work to be done to make roadways safe, to accommodate the growing population and to link this highway to the eastern part of the county, so we’re leaving plenty for you to do in the future.”
Gniffke read a statement from Granger, which said, “The Parker County Transportation Bond Program has been successful because of the level of support and cooperation that the county has built with local, regional, state and federal elected officials. I applaud Parker County for their planning and implementation of projects that support growth, safety and a greater quality of life for Parker County residents.”
King called the road a fitting namesake for Williamson, who took risks, thought outside the box, shook things up and didn’t mind making people a little angry.
“This road fits him well because it certainly was a bit of a risk,” he said. “It wasn’t your typical way to do a project of this nature, it shook up things a little bit to get it done, and it also made a few people a little mad as it went through the process.”
When King thanked Parker County for not using state dollars, Riley laughed and chided him to read the budget a little better.