Okay, we have two months to map out all the back roads, side streets, and short cuts around Grapevine.  The final approvals to start the DFW Connector project were given by the Texas Department of Transportation on Tuesday.  This $1 billion, four year project will mean constant construction zones around Grapevine.

The good news is that part of the construction agreement requires that the same number of lanes that are open currently will remain open during the project.  The bad news is we will still have work zones and the likely hood of narrow lanes and redirected lanes as construction progresses.

In addition to Highways 114 and 121, here are the other highways that will be affected according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

Other highways in that corridor between Southlake and Irving include Interstate 635, Texas 360 and 26, and Farm Roads 2499 and 1709.

One of the most interesting items in the article is that the DFW Connector project is receiving more federal stimulus money than any other highway project in the country.

The project will be funded by $667 million in state highway money, $250 million in federal Recovery Act funding and $107 million in bond funding from Proposition 14, which was approved by Texas voters in 2003 to improve mobility statewide. The DFW Connector is getting more stimulus money than any other highway project in the country.

We are happy this much needed project is finally about to begin. It will be a long four years, but Christmas is right around the corner. Here’s hoping we all get a new GPS system in our stockings.