Grapevine roadway construction updates

The Grapevine Chamber of Commerce discussed updates of major roadway projects at its economic development partnership meeting Feb. 26.

Transportation manager Mike Pacelli said it is probable there will be several lane closures on the DFW connector Feb. 28–March 3 to replace multiple highway shields that were damaged from the ice storm in late December 2013.

"There are a couple more big closures coming up before we can see the end of the DFW connector project," Pacelli said.

Construction on FM 2499 also continues as an add-on to the DFW connector roadwork. This construction includes rebuilding the mainlanes of FM 2499 from SH 121 to Denton Creek according to the project timeline on www.dfwconnector.com. Pacelli said there will be lane closures the first week in March that will limit traffic going northbound on 121 to one lane after 10 p.m.

Separate from the DFW connector roadwork, improvements are being made to SH 121 north, east of Grapevine Mills Mall. The new construction includes doubling freeway lanes, building permanent frontage roads and adding new entrance and exit ramps. It is set to begin in the coming months, and utility relocations are underway.

Reconstruction of Kimball Avenue in Southlake, from Kirkwood Boulevard to Dove Road, continues as crews work to make it a four-lane divided road. This is the second phase of the construction and Pacelli said it is set to be complete by August 2014.

A new park project that includes a hike-and-bike multipurpose trail on the north side of SH 26 from Ruth Wall to Grapevine Mills Boulevard will also result in intermittent lane closures. The project is owned by TxDOT and construction is set to start in March or April, Pacelli said.

See www.dfwconnector.com for up-to-date news on lane closures.