Myth 1: This was killed a long time ago. They’re not building a bridge.
Truth 1: The 2010 Lake Lavon Bridge and route were killed and taken off Collin County’s Long Term Plan. This is a new initiative started late in 2016. The engineering study and other activities this time around are being conducted by the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG). The Commissioners court, with the exception of Judge Self, has all new members, some of which do not even appear to be aware of the public’s opinion about the Lake Bridge and Routes from 2010.
Myth 2: The routes are already chosen, there is nothing we can do now.
Truth 2: The NCTCOG Engineering recommendation, is just that, a recommendation. This is the FIRST STEP! NOT THE LAST!
First, the NCTCOG itself has stated consistently and repeatedly that these routes are general paths, not final alignments, and they can vary as much as 5 miles in some areas.
Second, these recommendations can be totally or partially rejected or accepted by the municipalities of Collin County. At the time of publishing, the NCTCOG is still looking for consensus from Collin County Elected Officials; and that is not going well due to numerous concerns from several cities.
Myth 3: Lake Lavon is just a water reservoir, they can build anything they want on it because public use and recreation is not part of its charter.
Truth 3: Lake Lavon is wholly owned, shores and waters, by the Government of the United States of America. To confirm simply research any plat of land that abuts the shore lands of the lake. The custodians of Lake Lavon and other U.S. Government owned lakes is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Important to debunking this myth is the actions of the US Congress in 1962. Those actions updated purpose for Lavon Lake to:
- Flood Control
- Water Supply