Dam Road update: No timeline for re-opening yet, but progress is being made

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Repairs to the downstream embankment slope on Fairway Drive are ongoing (photo courtesy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

Work is progressing on Fairway Drive, AKA the Dam Road and, while there is still no set timeline for its re-opening, it is now known what is necessary for that to happen.

The road, which goes over Grapevine Dam between Flower Mound and Grapevine, was shut down in August 2018 due to potentially hazardous conditions on the road observed during a routine inspection after heavy rainfall, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). It was originally expected to be repaired and re-opened by the end of 2018, but delays forced the Corps to say no timeline could be projected.

Tiffany Bruce, Flower Mound’s executive director of Public Works, said during Monday’s Flower Mound Town Council meeting that she received an update at a meeting a couple weeks ago, in which the USACE said it is working on repairing the downstream embankment slope and it has completed a road assessment.

“Some of the findings … through that assessment were that there was high moisture content in localized areas, but no voids were found; so it’s not horrible, but not great,” Bruce said.

Bruce said the Corps set some conditions that will need to be met before the road can be re-opened: the embankment restoration project to be completed, repair of asphalt and guardrail in one area and for maintenance to be conducted, including crack sealing. No date or schedule for re-opening has been made.

“The biggest thing I saw, from what I read in that report, was just a lot of cracking that needed sealing in those areas, so not a complete redo of the subgrade,” Bruce said. “Overall, I think it’s good news.”

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