Sunday, September 25, 2022

Local leaders eagerly await opening of new road

The Texas Department of Transportation and Ed Bell Construction, the contractor for FM 2499 Section 4, are in the final stages of constructing a new Farm-to-Market corridor that will allow Denton County residents to travel from FM 407 in Highland Village to FM 2181 in Corinth.

The ribbon cutting for the four-lane, 4.7-mile stretch of road is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. this Saturday, October 30th.

Denton County and the City of Highland Village officials have been busy making plans and coordinating with local merchants who encourage patrons in Highland Village and those from the north to visit Highland Village after the ceremony.

Commissioner Bobbie Mitchell encourages everyone in the community to come out and celebrate the opening of this important project.

“After all the years and years of development, planning and construction of Section 4, the citizens of Highland Village, Corinth, Denton and all the surrounding cities will greatly benefit from this new access between those north and south of the lake. We plan to have a big celebration this Saturday and I want everyone to come out and join us,” she said.

She added, “With our busy schedules, I think we all appreciate being able to get from one place to another as quickly as possible and FM 2499 will help us accomplish that. I am very excited to see this project completed and certainly appreciate those who had a vision for this project many years ago.”

“In Highland Village, the economic development engine will run on the fuel of a business friendly environment,” stated Mayor Scott McDearmont.

“Because of the opening of Section 4 of FM 2499, shopping, dining and entertainment options in Highland Village will now be more accessible from surrounding communities. Increased revenues from economic development opportunities will allow our business community to reach its full potential as envisioned by Highland Village leaders past and present.”

The planning of FM 2499 began in the mid 1980’s with the formation of the FM 2499 Task Force in 1987.

City of Highland Village staff have been in contact with many of the original members of the Task Force and expect to see many in attendance at Saturday’s festivities. Also invited are all elected officials from the Denton County Commissioners Court and Highland Village City Council that served in office in the 1990’s and 2000’s.

The event is scheduled to take place south of the second bridge and north of Orchid Hill Lane on FM 2499 at 10:00 a.m.

TxDOT is scheduled to open FM 2499 to the public later that afternoon.

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