Grapevine City Council plans access drive to fix DFW Connector issue

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The City Council will provide an access road to a shopping center where residents lost access to a bridge in the redesign of the DFW Connector Project.

Before construction, drivers exited the Park Boulevard Tom Thumb Center onto West Wall Street.

The bridge across Highway 114 was removed and a new bridge was erected at FM1709 to align with Northwest Highway, which eliminated easy access to West Wall Street.

City officials determined they could provide a small access road behind the grocery store at 302 South Park Boulevard that linked directly to Wall Street.

At the Aug. 20 workshop, the Council agreed it would be beneficial to the businesses at the center, which have been stressed during construction.

The DFW Connector Project is four to six weeks away from being declared “substantially complete,” construction officials said. Although some workers will remain on the project, all traffic lanes will be in their permanent place and closures and detours are expected to stop.

The cost of the access road would be approximately $11,500.

City councilman Chris Coy said the city already has staff on hand for most of the planning and the cost would mainly be for materials.

“It works out better for everybody to control traffic flow,” Coy said. “It’s a small investment for a lot of benefits.”

The second workshop item turned into a lively debate marked with laughter as Mayor William D. Tate and the council struggled to find a design for the new markings for the city’s four water towers.

Past designs have included the Grapevine Mustangs, the mascot for Grapevine High School, and the city’s logo that features grapes. The city’s moniker is derived from the native grapes prevalent in the area.

Mayor Pro Tem C. Shane Wilbanks was adamant about including the mustang motif. Others wanted the city logo. It was finally decided that each tower would feature the Grapevine logo on opposite sides and a horse on the remaining two sides.

“Grapevine High School is over 100 years old and the Mustangs are a part of the community’s heritage and it is important that the traditions and heritage be preserved,” Wilbanks said. “The Mustangs have long been a part of our water tower and should remain as symbols of our history and heritage.

Marty Sabota, 817-390-7367

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