Homeowners want all six lanes opened on FM 423




Posted on December 2, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 23 at 4:14 AM

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LITTLE ELM – Drivers, homeowners and business owners in three Denton County cities are wondering what happened along Farm Road 423. It's one of the main North-South routes through Frisco, The Colony and Little Elm.

Construction suddenly stopped, raising hopes it was finally finished. But what happened next has people shaking their heads in disbelief. 

The crews have been working on the road for years, widening FM 423 to six lanes. 

"Everything seemed to shut down here, in terms of the main construction," said Keith Vesper. "Just the barrels have been up. Nothing's really moving."

Texas Department of Transportation crews placed a line of orange barrels several miles long, blocking the left lane on Northbound 423, between Lebanon Road and FM 720. 

The barrels also prevent left-hand turns at four intersections. Frustrated drivers are having a hard time understanding why the barrels are still there, if construction is finished. 

"That's what we ask every day," said Sandy Findlay, another homeowner. "We said, why do they have them? There's nobody around."

But Texas Department of Transportation officials say the work never stopped. They said while the 423 project is 99.9 percent complete, there's still work to be done in the medians: installing street lights, traffic signals and signs.

The transportation agency says they wanted to open as many lanes to traffic as possible while providing a safe work area for the contractor.

But that's not satisfying drivers who endured years of construction and traffic gridlock. 

"This all just needs to get wrapped up," said Vesper.

TxDOT says construction will be finished by the end of February. They're asking homeowners and businesses for their patience for a few more months.

E-mail sstoler@wfaa.com