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.