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Major Road Set to Reopen After Flooding in Grapevine

Seven weeks after it was closed by high water, Fairway Drive in Grapevine will reopen to drivers at noon Friday.

The water level at Lake Grapevine is now a foot-and-a-half below the spillway, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been working all week to prepare the road for reopening.

"We're looking at about 18 inches of water to have the spillway re-engage," said Corps of Engineers spokesman James Murphy.

Fairway Drive is the last major road in Grapevine to reopen, but other roads near the lake itself remain closed by high water as a result of the heavy rain in May and June.

"We're looking a lot better," said Grapevine Fire Chief Darrell Brown. "We're still dealing with a lot of water. It's going to be here for a while, we know that."

The speed limit over the spillway will be reduced to 20 miles per hour until the lake level can drop even more and the asphalt surface on the road is replaced.

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