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 The Aledo one-way couplet project, engineered to improve safety and relieve congestion at the intersections of FM 1187 with Old Annetta Rd. and Elm St., got a boost Monday when Parker County Commissioners voted to move ahead with plans for the couplet’s design and implementation. Commissioners also accepted a bid for the construction of Poolville Cutoff Rd. and signed off on the successful realignment of Lution Rd.

Endorsed by Aledo business owners and the Aledo City Council, and supported by Congresswoman Kay Granger, the $4,829,800 Aledo one-way couplet project will add a new two-lane roadway north of the section of FM 1187 that runs between Oak St. and Austin St. The new roadway, which will be installed between Underwood St. and Old Annetta Rd./Maverick, will handle only southbound traffic, with northbound traffic contained by the existing two-lane road. The two separate one-way roads couple to function as a single divided four-lane roadway.

The transportation bond project will also include the construction of a new railroad crossing on the new southbound road, the reconstruction of the existing road and railroad crossing, and improvements to better control traffic at the crossings. To address safety concerns, fencing will be installed along the railroad right-of-way, and sidewalks will be built along the couplet. 

The project will be tackled in two phases, with the northern half of the couplet to be constructed first. Engineers have applied to the State Transportation Enhancement Program (STEP) for funding to cover a portion of the project, which has been completely redesigned to relieve downtown traffic and prevent pedestrian rail crossings outside of the intersection.

Commissioners awarded low bidder Northeastern Pavers, Inc. $795,065.25 for the reconstruction of Poolville Cutoff Rd. along with its intersections at Peaster Hwy. and Jacksboro Hwy. The project includes the demolition of the two-and-one-half mile road and its reconstruction with cement, a gravel flexbase, and asphalt. A right turn lane will be added to Peaster Hwy. where it intersects Poolville Cutoff Rd. The reconstruction should begin in April and finish by the middle of summer, engineers said.

 

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