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Construction projects continue in East Parker County — Ranch House Road, city of Willow Park; the intersection of Mikus Road and Interstate 20, TxDOT; and the north end of Mikus Road, city of Weatherford.

Local and state officials gave updates this week on three construction projects currently underway in East Parker County.

The north end of Ranch House Road is being done by the city of Willow Park at the intersection and is almost complete.

“The good news for our residents is the intersection of Ranch House Road and Crown Road — the last phase of the Ranch House Road project — should be finished early next week, allowing residents in the northern part of town to use Ranch House Road to travel in and out of their neighborhoods,” Willow Park Communications and Marketing Specialist Rosealee Kertok said. “We are aware that many overlapping projects have created some delays for people living in the area, and we have had off-duty police officers helping run the lights at Mikus/I-20 during peak traffic times to try to ease some of the delay.”

The Ranch House Road reconstruction was approved as a bond measure by Willow Park voters in May 2016 to upgrade one of the city’s main arteries and accommodate increased traffic flow as the are continues to grow, Kertok said.

“We have had positive feedback from our citizens who are excited to see the project near completion,” Kertok said. “We appreciate the patience of Willow Park residents and visitors traveling through our city while local agencies work to upgrade our transportation infrastructure.”

The city of Weatherford began a pavement reconstruction on north Mikus Road on March 13.

“This construction project is estimated to last approximately one month, weather permitting. Through traffic will be detoured to Crown Road during this construction process,” according to the city of Weatherford website. “Road closures will be mostly during the day and back open to through traffic in the evening. Businesses and residents within the project area will have access to their property at all times. We appreciate your patience while we work towards improving Mikus Road.”

The construction at the intersection of Mikus Road and Interstate 20 is being done by the Texas Department of Transportation and is estimated for completion next spring.

“This project is timely, as Parker County is one of the fastest growing counties in Texas. The improvements currently underway, as well as those completed along I-20 over the past few years, allow the department to provide a safe, reliable and integrated transportation system that enables the movement of people and goods,” TxDOT’s Public Information Officer Bethany Kurtz said. “This project is estimated for completion in spring 2020. TxDOT continues to monitor the intersection and adjust signalization during this work along with working with local partners to improve traffic flow. This includes support provided by off-duty law enforcement as needed to assist with the flow of traffic through the intersection.”

Kurtz said the project is an important component of a larger, long-term effort to manage increasing traffic volumes.

TxDOT will be reducing I-20 West to one lane at Mikus Road from 7:30 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday for construction activities.

“Motorists should expect delays,” according to a TxDOT release. “When driving through a work zone, motorists are encouraged to slow down, pay attention, avoid distractions such as cell phones and plan ahead.”

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