By JUDY SHERIDAN
Work on the Aledo Trail one-way couplet in downtown Aledo got underway Tuesday, about a month after the county announced the beginning of construction.
The late start was due to concerns that construction equipment might clip an overhead power line, according to Freese & Nichols construction manager Brett Calvert, who said the project is now scheduled for completion Dec. 20.
“Mainly we had an Oncor line to get out of the way,” he said.
By Thursday, workers had removed trees near Aledo City Hall that once stood in the path of the couplet’s southbound leg, which will be constructed first.
Portions of some of the trees have been salvaged, Mayor Kit Marshall said, and may be used to create wood statuary on the “grounds” inside the couplet.
The new two-lane road will extend across a new railroad crossing, connecting to FM 1187 at Maverick Street. The railroad crossing should begin construction in the next two weeks, Calvert said. Bulldozers have been busy clearing the site, with dust flying from the mountains of dirt near City Hall created by the FM 1187 excavation.
The dirt will become the base for the new road, Calvert said. It will be used to make the road level with the railroad tracks.
Once the new road is built, Calvert said, traffic will be diverted onto it, so the portion of FM 1187 between Maverick and Elm streets can be reconstructed as a one-way northbound corridor, completing the couplet.
McMahon Contracting, the contractor selected to expand FM 1187, won a $3.18 million bid for the construction of Aledo Trail in December and was to begin work Feb. 25.
The two projects work together to improve traffic flow, with Aledo Trail’s couplet — allowing four lanes of traffic over the railroad tracks — consistent with FM 1187’s expansion from two to four lanes.
Marshall has said the Aledo Trail project will also improve safety, economic development and the overall quality of life for Aledo residents.
The new one-way “quiet” railroad crossings, judged so safe that trains won’t need to blow their whistles, will have gates that completely block the roadway when a train passes.
There will be a sidewalk for pedestrians and a fence that impedes access to the tracks except at the crossings.
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Candidates have filed for city, school board elections
Filings for May 10 city and school board elections are now complete. A summary follows:
On the Aledo ISD school board incumbents David Davis, in Place 6, and Hoyt Harris, in Place 7, have both filed for re-election, each drawing one or more opponents. Farida Goderya has filed for Place 6, opposite Davis, and Riley Morrison and Debra Rogers have filed for Place 7, opposite Harris.
East Parker County Calendar of Events
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The Sunny Side
WILLOW PARK – Peppered with anecdotes from his stellar baseball career, former Texas Rangers catcher Jim Sundberg gave witness to his Christian faith and told how it changed his life before a crowd of about 200 at the recent annual Trinity Christian Academy dinner and fundraiser.
Aledo ISD approves suicide prevention program
The Aledo School Board approved the LifeLines Suicide Prevention Program in February, lining up with a recommendation from the Student Health Advisory Council, which has spent a year reviewing choices.
Aledo ISD could save up to $2 million
Expecting to save close to $2 million, Aledo ISD trustees recently voted to let district staff pull the trigger on a bank-qualified refunding of some of the district’s outstanding bonds once market conditions are optimum.
Don't feed the deer!
HUDSON OAKS — The city council recently passed an ordinance banning the feeding of deer.
Parker County Sheriff's Report Feb. 27-March 2
Burglary of a vehicle
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We spend about one-third of our lifetime sleeping. Sleep is important for learning and memory. Sleep also helps our immune system to resist illness and disease, increases response times in emergencies, improves our mood and feelings of wellness and gives us the energy we need to be more active and alert.
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