A $90 million project to move traffic in and out of Flower Mound faster is expected to kick off later this year.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has negotiated a contract with NorthGate Constructors, the contractor for the DFW Connector Project, to reconstruct FM 2499 from the Town of Flower Mound into the City of Grapevine.
Improvements include lowering FM 2499 and adding bridges at Stars and Stripes Way and Grapevine Mills Drive so that motorists will not have to stop at traffic lights, which currently causes long bottlenecks.
Originally part of the DFW Connector Project when the project was sent to bid in 2009, the FM 2499 portion was removed from the project’s scope at the time due to lack of funding.
Recently, NorthGate was able to negotiate a plan with TxDOT to rebuild the mainlanes of FM 2499, the northbound FM 2499 frontage road and the bridges over Denton Creek in Flower Mound, as well as reconstruct both the Stars and Stripes Way and Grapevine Mills Boulevard intersections.
The FM 2499 construction is currently in the design phase.
“We are thrilled the funding has been approved for this vital connector between FM 2499 and SH 121,” said Flower Mound Mayor Tom Hayden. “This connector will not only increase the mobility for Flower Mound residents and businesses, but also the many visitors who travel through our community every day.”
NorthGate updated local business owners on the upcoming FM 2499 construction this week.
Right of way acquisition and utility relocations will begin later this year with the construction tentatively set to be completed in 2017.
This additional work will not affect current DFW Connector construction on State Highways 114 and 121, which is set to be substantially complete in late summer.
For more information about the DFW Connector project, including all current and upcoming lane closures, and the FM 2499 construction, visit www.dfwconnector.com, or call the toll-free hotline at 877-411-4212. The DFW Connector can also be found on Twitter (@DFWConnector) and Facebook (DFW Connector Project).