The Town of Flower Mound now has the funding to construct a dedicated lane for motorists exiting the Gerault Flyover to connect to southbound FM 2499, thanks to a $7 million grant from the Regional Transportation Council.
The majority of the Regional Turnpike Revenue grant will fund a larger drainage system surrounding that portion of FM 2499, which is also critical to the area. A third portion of the grant will be used to upgrade the traffic signal at the FM 2499 and Gerault Road intersection.
“The designated flyover lane has been on our wish list for a long time and I’m so glad we will be able to complete this project, at no extra cost to our residents,” said Flower Mound Mayor Tom Hayden. “I appreciate the City of Grapevine’s cooperation and easement donation, which allows us to extend the new lane into their community. This is a popular roadway for commuters, including myself, and I look forward to its completion.”
The new designated flyover lane will extend from the flyover exit to River Walk Drive, a total of 450 feet. The extended length will allow traffic a greater opportunity to blend and provide increased mobility for drivers in the area. Northgate Constructors, the contractor for the DFW Connector initiative, will complete the design work for the project. Construction is expected to begin this summer and be complete by early 2016.
“This important mobility project will improve the southbound traffic flow heading out of Flower Mound and into Grapevine, and will connect to the other improvements currently under construction along 2499 and the intersection of Hwy 121,” said Precinct 4 Denton County Commissioner Andy Eads.
“The existing flyover was an initial improvement, but this recently approved funding partnership will allow a better traffic flow and transition between the main lanes and entrance ramp. The funding approved for this project by the Regional Transportation Council demonstrates how transportation can be improved when the Town, Denton County, and the Region work together to solve tough problems. This will improve the quality of life of residents and businesses in southern Denton County.”