Denton County and local leaders, along with Texas Department of Transportation officials, gathered Wednesday to officially kick-off the FM 1171 widening project in west Flower Mound.
FM 1171 from Shiloh Road to I-35W will be widened from two lanes to a six-lane divided thoroughfare with intersection improvements at all major cross-streets.
Scheduled to begin in March, the 7.3 mile project was awarded to Webber, LLC at a cost of $45.7 million and is estimated to wrap up by November 2016.
County Commissioner Andy Eads, whose precinct covers west Flower Mound and southwest Denton County, said he has been working with TxDOT on the project since taking office in 2007.
“This roadway is more than a mobility improvement. It is an improvement that will ensure that our citizens will have a roadway that is safe to use,” said Eads.
The first phase of the widening project, from FM 2499 to Shiloh Road, was completed in 2011.
“We have seen how successful FM 1171 Section 1 has been for improving safety and mobility. Sections 2 and 3 will expand on those benefits for our travelling public and the businesses that take up shop along its corridor,” said Commissioner Bobbie Mitchell, who represents the east half of Flower Mound.
Also in attendance for the kick-off celebration was State Representative Tan Parker of Flower Mound, Flower Mound Mayor Tom Hayden, Northlake Mayor Peter Dewing as well as other councilmembers and TxDOT officials.
“Transportation is a team sport and it took all of us working together to make this project a reality,” said Parker. “I applaud Denton County for their leadership in transportation.”