Weatherford Democrat

Aledo ExtrA

January 29, 2014

Eastern Loop moving ahead


Bosco said Freese and Nichols have worked with NCTCOG and TxDOT to make sure their plan matches the plan that the county and both cities have for that project.

In other business, the court:

• Approved a change order from Freese and Nichols for the Ric Williamson Memorial Highway interchange resulting in a $7,000 project credit. The order added $9,000 to replace temporary traffic buttons on the Interstate 20 detour that were sheared off by workers clearing ice off the road, but subtracted $16,000 by eliminating 800 feet of metal beam guard fence at the top of the embankment. Completion of the interchange is now scheduled for June, Bosco said.

• Rejected a recommendation from Freese and Nichols to award a bid of $727,695 (with alternates) to low bidder Jay Mills Contracting Inc. for refurbishing Old Brock Road between Dennis Road and the landfill. The original budget with contingency is about $398,000 and Precinct 3 was to contribute $186,000, requiring about $200,000 from Transportation Bond program contingencies.

“We’ve looked at it long and hard because, obviously, Old Brock Road is one of the most highly traveled roads that we have here,” Precinct No. 3 Commissioner Larry Walden said. “We need to look at some of the alternatives because of the above-the-base-bid factors that are in there. So at this point I’m going to move that we reject the bids. We’re looking at other options.”  

• Heard Bosco report that a study on drainage improvements planned for Main Street in Springtown would be completed in March with construction to begin this summer. The county and city are partnering in the project, each contributing $1.1 million for the study and the construction of channel improvements on either side of the Walnut Creek bridge.

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