GRAPEVINE (1080 KRLD) – There is good news for those who use FM 2499 in Grapevine and Flower Mound — there could soon be a shorter commute for tens of thousands of drivers.
Floodwaters from Lake Grapevine are receding and the road could reopen as early as Wednesday evening. Denton Creek flooded, putting a portion of the highway underwater, after a floodwater release at Lake Grapevine.
The road connecting Grapevine, Coppell, Flower Mound and Highland Village has been closed for nearly a week. Earlier estimates had the highway reopening weeks or even months away.
Officials say the water from Denton Creek on FM 2499 has dropped significantly over the last 24 hours. Texas Department of Transportation spokesperson Michael Peters explained that there were other flooding issues, like road integrity and soil erosion, that had to be taken care of. “We inspected the roadway and found no damage. We cleared the debris and we inspected the bridge, so that we can allow traffic to resume.”
Flower Mound Mayor Tom Hayden says he has been in contact with TxDOT almost hourly and that the department plans to act very quickly once the water is completely gone.
One official indicated that when the road re-opens, the southbound side may be restricted to one lane — depending on how fast the water recedes.
Peters said the goal is to re-open FM 2499 in both directions in time for the evening rush hour, but if that deadline is missed the road will definitely be free and clear for drivers to start using it again Thursday morning.
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