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May 30, 2013

FM 1187/Aledo Trail update

By Judy Sheridan

Public Works Director Gordon Smith told the Aledo City Council last week that concrete lanes for FM Road 1187 between Interstate 20 and downtown Aledo are scheduled to be installed in mid-June, with the action taking place at night — between 8:30 p.m. and 6 a.m.

The process, which should take a few days to complete, will require that one lane be shut down, he said, and should be finished before the council meets again next month.

Smith also reported that traffic might finally be reduced to one lane on FM Road 1187 this week between Oak and Elm streets, as large box culverts are installed for drainage. The schedule, however, depends on the weather.

TxDOT first announced the temporary lane closure in April. At that time, public information officer Val Lopez said the lane reduction would last about a week.

In addition, the city has talked to the road’s contractor about making the bridge at I-20 safer, Smith said, and the installation of two-way signs and markers is planned. The bridge used to have three lanes, including a turn lane, but one of the lanes is not in use.

Aledo Trail

Two sections of concrete will be installed soon for the Aledo Trail couplet project, Smith said, one across the railroad tracks, the other creating the westbound turnaround just south of the tracks.

“As we get into June and July, the lanes [on FM 1187] will go to one several times,” he said. “An intricate storm drain has to be laid.”

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