The FM 2499 construction includes rebuilding the mainlanes of FM 2499 from SH 121 to Denton Creek. These new lanes will be "depressed" (lowered) and will allow commuters to bypass the intersections of Stars and Stripes Way and Grapevine Mills Blvd. There will be a north and southbound FM 2499 frontage road, and the two intersections will be rebuilt as bridges. The bridges over Denton Creek will also be rebuilt. Construction began in late 2013 and will be completed by January 2017.
HISTORY OF FM 2499
FM 2499 improvements were included in the original $1.5 billion DFW Connector project, but at the start of construction, only $1.02 billion in funds were available. For this reason, certain elements of the project, including FM 2499, were removed from the contract. When funds became available for FM 2499 improvements in 2013, TxDOT and NorthGate Constructors negotiated a plan to rebuild this portion of the original project.
Owner: Texas Department of Transportation
Contractor: NorthGate Constructors, a joint venture of Kiewit Texas Construction and Zachry Construction Corporation
Cost: $90 million
Length: 1 mile (SH 121 to north of Denton Creek)
Construction Start: Aug. 2013
Estimated Completion: 2017
When construction is complete, there will be two northbound and two southbound FM 2499 mainlanes. These new mainlanes will be 25 to 30 feet below the existing grade level, allowing commuter traffic to bypass two intersections.
NorthGate Constructors will build a new northbound FM 2499 frontage road and rebuild the Stars and Stripes Way and Grapevine Mills Blvd. intersections to accommodate the new traffic pattern.
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