Weatherford Democrat

Front Page

September 13, 2013

Eastern loop bridge, roads, get regional funding OK

By JUDY SHERIDAN

The kick-off point for the Eastern Loop around Weatherford — an interchange at I-20 and Center Point Road — took a big step forward last month when the North Central Texas Council of Governments included the project’s bridge and frontage roads in its Transportation Improvement Program.

“It provides us official access to funding to hopefully complete the interchange,” County Judge Mark Riley said. “To access state and federal money, a project has to be in the TIP.”

The $22 million project includes a bridge, entrance ramps and the completion of the eastbound service road from Center Point Road to Lake Shore Drive, Riley said, as well as the westbound access road from Center Point to Bankhead Highway on the intersection’s north side. The project’s final piece is building the eastbound access road from Love’s Travel Stop to Center Point.

“We’re looking at phasing it,” the judge said, cautioning that the plans are preliminary. “We would do the bridge for about $10 million and the eastbound service road from Center Point to Lake Shore for about $7 million. Engineers believe that’s the best way to phase it.”

When the Regional Transportation Council, where Riley serves as secretary, approves a TIP, it locks in federal and state funds for the project, Riley said, in this case $10 million for the first phase. The county, along with the cities of Weatherford and Hudson Oaks, will provide the $7 million local contribution.

“We have been working for some months on funding partnerships for the interchange with the Eastern Loop, a lot of meetings, a lot of hours,” Riley said in a recent meeting, announcing the project’s inclusion in the TIP, while noting the selective use of federal funds during the construction of the 2008 transportation bond projects.

“The federal funding we didn’t spend on our projects to date — with the work TxDOT did and all the things we’ve done — we’ve been able to move money around and reserve some of that money that can only be spent in certain places, anyway. It is now in the regional plan, so we’re able to proceed with what we authorize, what Freese and Nichols has been doing preliminary work on.

Text Only
Front Page
  • 0423 one ribbon cutting main.jpg Almost there

    A ribbon-cutting on a bright, beautiful Tuesday morning — attended by more than 135 people — marked the near-finish of the Ric Williamson Memorial Highway, the centerpiece and largest project of the $80 million Parker County Transportation Bond approved by voters in November of 2008.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Azle couple charged with leaving child in car outside bar

    A couple who, police say, left their 12-year-old son in the car while getting drunk at a Reno bar Friday night were charged with endangering their child. 

    April 23, 2014

  • Burglary suspects caught after stop for unlit license plate

    Three men police believe burglarized a Willow Park convenience store early Monday morning didn’t make it far. 

    April 23, 2014

  • Annetta gets A+ bond rating

    Annetta’s general obligation bond rating has improved significantly, jumping several levels of creditworthiness from the rating the city received last year. 

    April 23, 2014

  • puckett.jpg Q&A: The race for WISD Place 6

    MEET THE CANDIDATES

     

    With some contested races in area school board and city council races on the May 10 ballots, the WD will provide a closer look at some of those through a question-and-answer feature with the candidates. Early voting begins April 28. Today we look at the candidates running for Place 6 of the Weatherford ISD school board.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Curtis Elementary 1.jpg Interactive reading program comes to Curtis

    A new reading trend has been sweeping the country — Wandoo Planet, an interactive reading program that allows kids to choose books based on their interests.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Springtown drainage project to cost less

    Parker County commissioners, who recently learned that the first phase of the Springtown Main Street drainage project will cost $400,000 less than engineers have estimated, have voted to revise the total budget from $2.2 million to $1.4 million and adjust the county’s 50 percent cost-share agreement with the City of Springtown so each entity pays $700,000 instead of $1.1 million.

    April 22, 2014

  • WHS student killed in single-vehicle wreck

    A Weatherford High School junior involved in a single-vehicle crash Thursday died Friday at a Fort Worth hospital. 

    April 21, 2014

  • students.jpg Is opting out an option?

    One local parent has taken it upon herself to make her voice heard. Michelle Osterkamp, who has two children attending Mary Martin Elementary, began to research the opt-out method after talking with some of her teacher friends.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Taste of Parker County logo.jpg Canyon West to host Taste of Parker County

    Prepare your taste buds, because the sixth annual Taste of Parker County is just a few short weeks away, and this year’s event has moved to a larger location to accommodate even more great eats and treats.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks