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Flooding roads leave miles of misery

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2499 flooding 2015
FM 2499 near Denton Creek in Grapevine.

It’s anybody’s guess as to when three major commuter routes in southern Denton County will reopen after copious amounts of rain in May and June caused flooding that has hemmed in frustrated motorists.

Heavily-traveled FM 2499 is closed in both directions from Lakeside Parkway to Grapevine Mills Boulevard as a result of flooding at Denton Creek from Lake Grapevine.

Southbound FM 2499 was closed around 12:30 p.m. last Thursday. The northbound lanes were shut down around 5 a.m. Friday.

There is no timeline for the road to be reopened, but estimates from local officials hint that best-case-scenario, it may be at least a month or more before the road is passable.

After the water recedes, there will be likely be road repairs needed and TxDOT will check the structural integrity of the Denton Creek Bridge, officials said.

In the meantime, those travelling to work in Coppell, Irving, Grapevine, Dallas and beyond are reporting a doubling or tripling of their commute times.

FM 2499/Dam road detours

There are several alternate routes for southbound FM 2499 traffic, with FM 3040 being the detour with the largest capacity, officials said. In addition, Forest Vista Drive and FM 1171 are both alternate routes for motorists traveling to and through Lewisville. Spinks Road and Lakeside Parkway serve as alternate routes to State Highway 121.

The other road heading south from Flower Mound has been out of commission even longer.

Fairway Drive, commonly known as the “Dam road,” was shut down on May 29 and will remain closed until further notice as water several feet deep from Lake Grapevine flows over the spillway.

Once lake levels recede, crews will need to repair the extensive damage caused by the water flow over Fairway Drive.

To the north, Old Alton Road will likely remain closed between Hickory Hill/Copper Canyon and FM 2181 for at least several more weeks due to high water from Lake Lewisville.

The estimated two feet of water covering the road has no place to flow, according to Denton County officials.

Old Alton sits in the floodplain of Lake Lewisville and serves as a vital link between the Lantana/Copper Canyon and Corinth/Denton areas.

In the 2007 flood, the road was closed for 31 days, officials said. This year’s closure may come close to doubling that amount of down time.

Click here for more Denton County road closures.

 

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  • Luman Walters

    For those heading south on Valley to get on 121 do NOT cut through that warehouse parking lot. There were police this morning stopping people randomly who were cutting through to save time.

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