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Flower Mound lowers speed limit on Morriss; Approves cabin plan

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Morriss Road in Flower Mound. (Photo courtesy: Town of Flower Mound)

By Lyn Pry, Editor

In addition to its unanimous approval of the Flower Mound Heritage Park Phase 4 project, the Town Council agreed with the Transportation Commission’s unanimous vote on Feb. 13 to lower the speed limit from 40- to 35-miles-per-hour on the curved-section of Morriss Road.

The speed reduction is between Lake Bluff up to just south of FM 1171 (Cross Timbers Road).

Safety concerns related to this section of Morriss Road include not only the curves, but lanes measuring only 11-feet wide– rather than the standard 12-feet– fronting Forestwood Middle School.

The vote was 3-to-2, with Mayor Pro Tem Don McDaniel and councilman Jason Webb voting against the change.

The speed limit change is the first of yet-to-be-determined changes for Morriss Road. The Town Council and Transportation Commission have scheduled a joint meeting, including a section for public participation, for March 27 to formalize specific issues to address.

Council did, however, unanimously approve the Master Plan for the Gibson-Grant Log Cabin at the Long Prairie Homestead location which is at the intersection of Flower Mound Road and Quail Run.

Representatives from the firm of Quimby McCoy Preservation Architecture of Dallas presented a plan for the project and an overview of the 182-year-old log house.

Council members were squeamish about the financial figures associated with the project details: $782,000 for Phase 1; and, $700,000 for Phase 2.

Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Kevin Bryant pointed out that the issue being considered was an approved Master Plan, not the details associated with the project.

“I’m hearing they need to approve the concept so they can ask for financial support,” he said.

Denton County Museums Director Peggy Riddle was in attendance and helped reassure the council that the town would be assisted by the county in the project.

“We will be collecting furnishings and even reproducing wallpaper for historical significance,” she said, adding that– with council’s approval of the concept– the group will be able to help explore possible grants and financial contributions.

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Mark Smith

Mark Smith is the Digital Editor of The Cross Timbers Gazette.

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  1. Ian

    I think it’s crazy to drop the speed to 35 in certain sections…so what are we trying to do ? Create speed traps …slow down traffic on one of the main arteries of Flower Mound, so that 2499 becomes over crowded? Flower Mound already has ridiculous places and too many lights on these main arterial roads…..I guess we want be a small town still !!!!

  2. Lisa

    I think lowering the speed limit is a great alternative to making Morris six lanes. I live in the future as well, and I’m fine with smart development. I also care about all the homes and neighborhood environment that have already been established with Morris road as it is so it doesn’t become another nightmare crowded thoroughfare like 2499 which I have to live off of. Morris may move slower at times, but it is by far a better commute home then the crazy on 2499. I also witness firsthand all the students in and out of Marcus and do not want to see six lanes of traffic not to mention more narrow lanes. It isn’t necessary. Thank you council for listening to all the neighbors who are directly affected.

  3. Kelly

    By not making it 6 lanes was a set back for the community and future of our city but to lower the speed limit is ridiculous and not thinking of the people who use it and 2499. You have made 2499 the only arterie out of town and soon it will be bumper to bumper. I applaud Don McDaniel and Jason Webb and to the “other 3” Way to live in the now and not for the growth and future of Flower Mound.

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