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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Parker County Attorney John Forrest will ask county commissioners for additional funds as county budget discussions begin this year; he hopes to hire another attorney to help with an increase in Child Protective Services cases.
Firefighter arrested on child sex assault charges
A volunteer Hudson Oaks firefighter is in the Parker County Jail on charges he repeatedly sexually assaulted two young relatives over a several year period.
Richard Frederick Adams Sr., 62, arrested Monday, faces two charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14, a first-degree felony.
Developer withdraws site plan
ANNETTA —A controversial 34-home subdivision proposed for a 41-acre tract on Duncan Road will not go forward as planned, according to action taken by both the proposed developer and the Annetta Town Council after a public hearing Thursday night.
Aledo City Council to meet July 24
The Aledo City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 24, in the Aledo Community Center, 104 Robinson Court, Aledo.
Fires damage business, home
Two separate fires around 2 p.m. July 15 damaged a Willow Park business and destroyed the home of a Weatherford family.
Letter to the Editor
Thursday night, July 17, I was present for a surprisingly interesting experience when State Representative candidate Matthew Britt addressed a small group of supporters, followed by a question and answer session.
ESD 1, Annetta South close on fire station site
Parker County Emergency Services District No. 1 and Annetta South officials said Tuesday that the ESD is homing in on a site for a new fire station to serve residents in the Annettas and surrounding areas. Annetta South is expected to consider a zoning change to accommodate a new station next month.
Registration has begun for Aledo ISD
Aledo ISD enrollment for the 2014-15 school year began yesterday, July 21, and students new to the district need to register before school begins, Monday, Aug. 25.
County scrambling to fill elections post
Former Parker County Assistant Elections Administrator Laura Watkins, who sought, but was not appointed to the post of Parker County Elections Administrator after Robert Parten retired, last week began work as assistant elections administrator for Palo Pinto County, Palo Pinto County Elections Administrator Judith Evans has confirmed.
Willow Park tackles 11-street project
The Willow Park City Council last week picked a list of 11 streets they’d like repaired as part of the city’s next road repair project, a significant portion of the 17-road, $850,000 list of needed repairs.
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