GILBERTON, Pa. —
By SALLY SEXTON
Parker County Commissioners met Monday morning to hear the progression of the 2008 Transportation Bond Program, noting some of the bigger accomplishments for projects in May and June of this year.
“One of the most significant program accomplishments for this reporting period was the start of construction on the Ric Williamson Memorial Highway and Interstate 20 interchange,” Parker County Judge Mark Riley said.
More than 50 people showed up to attend the May 14 groundbreaking ceremony, including family members of Williamson.
A representative with Freese & Nichols reported that earthwork on the eastbound and westbound entrance, as well as exit ramps, has already begun along with bridge abutments in preparation of placing new bridge beams. Freese & Nichols said that, following the bidding of the final phase of the RWMH in March, all phases are approximately $1 million under budget. The interchange is expected to be completed by June of 2014.
One of the main focuses recently for Precinct 1 has been main street drainage improvements, which are expected to be completed March of next year. Following a meeting between the City of Springtown and the county, both parties agreed on a 50/50 funding agreement for the first phase of widening the Walnut Creek Channel.
A priority within Precinct 2 has been the bidding process for the widening of Maddux Road. Alternates for the project are being evaluated and are expected to come before commissioner’s in August.
Old Brock Road, in Precinct 3, is currently under design, with a right-of-way and right turn lane at the intersection of Dennis Road acquired. Freese & Nichols said they are working with the utility company to relocate power poles.
Projects under construction in Precinct 4 include FM Road 1187 and the FM 1187/Aledo Trail couplet.
“On [the Aledo Trail] project, the construction focus has been on the westbound turnaround and the start of the railroad work,” Freese & Nichols said.
For FM 1187, construction crews are working on the placement of storm drain lines and structures, as well as starting on concrete paving.
Another project in the works, which is currently under design, is the RWMH eastern loop. Freese & Nichols said the Texas Department of Transportation is currently working on traffic projections to determine the validity of the preliminary schematic developed. An environmental classification letter was sent to TxDOT in June and is currently under review.
Commissioners also voted to approve charging court fees for civil filings. Beginning Sept. 1, the court will be collecting a fee of $5 per filing, to be transferred to a fund separate form the general fund, and given to the Texas Court of Appeals.