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April 28, 2013

Ramped up

Lake Weatherford gets new public boat ramp built with patented technology

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Company Division Manager Knox Ross said a conversation with his father, a retired engineer, got the ball rolling.

“We began looking at other methods and my dad said there like four or five companies doing precast work, including Tedder,” Ross said. “We contacted Mr. Tedder and that got things rolling.”

Wilson’s original bid of around $420,000 was able to be trimmed by about 40 percent to $251,780, according to Weatherford Director of Water/Wastewater Utilities James Hotopp, who said the Municipal Utility Board approved the lower-priced project in February.

This is Tedder’s second ramp in Texas, having built one in Port Aransas three years ago, but does most of his work in Florida and throughout the south.

Hotopp said the new ramp will make access to the lake easier when water levels drop.

“Because of the lower water levels, we haven’t had a boat use the old ramp in about three months,” Hotopp said. “This ramp became unusable when the water level dropped below 890. The new ramp will be usable to 885, which the lake will never get to because we being pumping water in from Benbrook at 888.”

Lake Weatherford is currently at 889 feet, about 7 feet below conservation pool level, Hotopp said.

Tedder said the ramp would be usable the first weekend of May but Hotopp and Hayes said they plan on opening the ramp a week later. Hotopp said he wants to allow about seven days for settling.

Once everything is settled, however, Lake Weatherford will be ready to host a fun summer for all.

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