Sunday, June 4, 2023

Progress on FM 1171 landscaping has been slow, but is speeding up

A TxDOT grant is being used to beautify and irrigate the medians on FM 1771 in west Flower Mound.

A landscaping project in west Flower Mound is taking longer than expected, but the town manager is “confident it will speed up.”

The design process of Phase 1 of the TxDOT 1171 Green Ribbon Project began in 2017. The scope of the project includes the median landscaping and irrigation for a 3.4-mile stretch of FM 1171 west from Shiloh Road. Construction work began over a year ago, but work has been slow and there is still a lot left to be done.

“The problem has been that the contractor has been slow,” said Town Manager Jimmy Stathatos. “They’ve been taking much longer than was anticipated.”

Stathatos said the town has shared its concerns about the project’s progress, “and they’re equally concerned.”

“They have remobilized, and the work has picked back up,” Stathatos said.

Project Manager Kari Biddix said TxDOT has informed her that the project won’t be complete until the end of the year, at the earliest.

Phase 2 of the project — which will pick up where Phase 1 stops and extend west to the town limits — will follow. The timeline is not known, but it will begin with a yet-to-be-scheduled public kickoff meeting.

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

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