Grapevine awards development credits to road projects

Grapevine has its eyes on two road-widening projects and adding fiber-optics to its streets.

Grapevine has its eyes on two road-widening projects and adding fiber-optics to its streets.

Fairway Drive will be widened, and two other transportation projects will begin after funding for these projects was awarded by the Grapevine City Council on March 19.

The approved projects include: widening Fairway Drive from two lanes to three lanes from Marina Drive to SH 26; widening Euless-Grapevine Road from two lanes to four lanes with new sidewalks from SH 360 to Hughes Road and install a new traffic signal at the intersection of the SH 360 frontage road and Euless-Grapevine Road; and installing fiber and its equipment along Northwest Highway and SH 26 from west SH 144 to SH 121.

Last summer Grapevine staff presented to City Council several transportation-related projects to be funded by the North Central Texas Council of Governments' call for projects.

On Dec. 13, the Regional Transportation Council, an organization of the NCTCOG, approved a program that included three projects in Grapevine. With the approval, the city is able to use $1,210,000 worth of transportation development credits as a match for federal grant funds totaling approximately $6,050,000 for the three projects, according to city documents.

Grapevine was able to receive these credits by voluntarily adopting 50 percent of the policies from NCTCOG's current Metropolitan Transportation Plan. These policies include stormwater management and traffic improvements.

City staff said the fiber-optics installation will probably be done first and could start next year. This installation will allow for stronger communications between traffic signals in the area. The city will then work with the Texas Department of Transportation to move forward with the other two projects.
By Miranda Jaimes

Editor, Frisco & McKinney

Miranda joined Community Impact Newspaper as an editor in August 2017 with the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition. In 2019 she transitioned to editor for the McKinney edition. She began covering Frisco as well in 2020. Miranda covers local government, transportation, business and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Miranda served as managing editor for The Prosper Press, The Anna-Melissa Tribune and The Van Alstyne Leader, and before that reported and did design for The Herald Democrat, a daily newspaper in Grayson County. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014.


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