By JUDY SHERIDAN
Aledo Trail began functioning as a roundabout Tuesday afternoon, according to Aledo Public Works Director Gordon Smith, who said the change from two-way traffic on FM Road 1187 to a couplet of one-way roads in the downtown area has gone well so far.
“According to the reports I’ve heard, the traffic is moving as expected,” he said, “a little slower because we’re starting Phase II right beside it.”
The traffic flow will also pick up once motorists adjust to the new traffic pattern, Smith said, now marked with signs and orange construction barrels.
Phase II of Aledo Trail targets the outside lanes of northbound FM 1187 and the outside lanes of Maverick Street and Front Street, while Phase III will address the inside lanes of FM 1187 and Maverick Street. May is the target date for completion, Smith said.
County Judge Mark Riley said the county project — which was delayed due to the lengthy relocation of AT&T lines — is “as close to being on target as a major construction project can be.”
“We’re beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel,” he said. “It’s exciting, and everybody is ready for it to be over with.”
Riley credited Chris Bosco, of Freese and Nichols, for coming up with the couplet, which reduces congestion by moving four lanes of traffic across the railroad tracks instead of two.
“It’s a creative solution to a difficult problem,” he said.
Getting around the roundabout
By JUDY SHERIDAN
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Water park burglar sought
Weatherford and Hudson Oaks police are requesting the public’s assistance in catching a burglar who broke into Splash Kingdom Water Park in Hudson Oaks earlier this month.
Commissioner at odds with school district's demand for land
Aledo ISD superintendent Derek Citty is moving forward with plans backed by the school board in May — plans to secure two school sites in the Morningstar subdivision, slated for the corner of Old Weatherford Road and FM Road 3225 in the City of Fort Worth’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.
An unforgettable state championship
Corey Kiser and Riley Sartain, members of Aledo High School’s state champion softball team, honored by trustees last week, are to blame for the 10-3 tattoo on the finger of their coach, Jeff Lemons.
Firefighter arrested for child sexual assault
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 July 21, faces two charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14, a first-degree felony.
Fire protection improving in Aledo
Stephen Watson, interim chief of Emergency Services District No. 1, briefed the Aledo City Council on improvements to the city’s fire protection — including the purchase of a site for a new fire station — in Thursday night’s Aledo City Council session.
Aledo ISD trustees affirm hiring policy
The Aledo ISD School Board affirmed a policy delegating the hiring of most school personnel to the administration by a 4-1 margin last week, with trustees Jay Stringer, David Tillman, Hoyt Harris and Steve Bartley voting in favor and trustee Bobby Rigues arguing that the board should retain the responsibility.
Aledo coffee shop helps support the troops
HUDSON OAKS — Wild West Splash Kingdom was the host of military members and military supporters the night of Saturday, July 19, during ‘Salute the Troops,’ sponsored by Holy Grounds Coffee and Gifts in Aledo and Ducerus College Planning.
Calendar of events
Holy Grounds Coffee & Gifts, at 108 Jearl Street, is hosting a series of outdoor movies in their parking lot at 8:30 p.m. on Saturdays through Aug. 23.
Admission is free and feature drinks are half price during the films. “The Amazing Spiderman” is Aug. 2, followed by “Tangled” on Aug. 9, “The Lego Movie” on Aug. 16 and “The Avengers” on Aug. 23.
For more information, call 817-440-7770.
A Purple Heart County
County Judge Mark Riley and Parker County commissioners proclaimed Parker County to be a “Purple Heart County” Monday, honoring local veterans and their families in a special ceremony held in the second floor courtroom of the historic courthouse.
Suspicious house fire under investigation
The Weatherford fire marshal says a fire that damaged a house and killed two puppies Wednesday night is being investigated as a suspicious fire and a suspect is in jail on unrelated charges.
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