End in Sight for FM 407 Road Project

Construction under way after delays

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    Denton County transportation officials say a portion of the project that has been delayed should be completed in March 2013.

    Denton County transportation officials said a stalled portion of the widening of Farm-to-Market 407 in Highland Village and Flower Mound is back on track.

    The portion of the project from Briarhill Boulevard to Chinn Chapel Road is back in gear after many delays.

    "It took longer to get going than a number of other projects because of the utilities in the corridor," said John Polster, the county's transportation consultant.

    Denton County is working with the Texas Department of Transportation to widen FM 407 from two lanes to four.

    The project started several years ago, but the section from Briarhill Boulevard to Chinn Chapel Road ran into some roadblocks, Polster said.

    Many of the utilities for the growing area run along the stretch of FM 407, and it has taken time for project leaders to gain the right-of-way, he said. But construction is back on track, and there's an end in sight.

    "They [contractors] will be completed on this part of the project out to Chinn Chapel by March of next year," Polster said.

    Debbie Lavoie, the owner of Canine Courtyard in Highland Village, said her backyard stays busy with dogs but what happens in front of her business is exhausting.

    "It can take you 15 minutes to get from the stoplight to this driveway, and that's if you're lucky," she said as she pointed to a stoplight a few blocks down the road.

    She is one of the business owners along FM 407 in Highland Village dealing with the ongoing construction.

    "There's been some head-on collisions," Lavoie said. "It's a challenge for everyone."