City of Aledo
The City of Aledo has confirmed that the traffic switch onto the Aledo Trail downtown will occur tomorrow (Tuesday).
In an automated phone message to local residents, Mayor Kit Marshall said southbound traffic will now proceed over the railroad tracks on the two newly-constructed lanes. The remainder of traffic will now be a one-way loop onto Maverick, and then back north on the existing lane.
One of the existing north-bound lanes will be closed for construction coming back over the railroad.
Patrons of Maria Bonita will need to turn onto Crockett Street to access the restaurant.
The City of Aledo has announced that the Kelly Miller Circus will come to town on March 15, 2014. Last year the city hosted the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus for the first time a circus had visited the city in many years.
The Kelly Miller circus will provide a different program than last year’s circus, most notably with the addition of elephants and tigers.
“I am excited about the circus because we didn’t expect to have another circus for a year,” said Aledo Mayor Kit Marshall. “When something like a circus falls out of the sky, but the timing is great and they have elephants and tigers, why wouldn’t you be excited?”
Performances will be at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., and if enough tickets are sold, an additional performance will be scheduled. The tent raising will be at 9 a.m., and the elephants will do the tent raising.
Advance tickets will be $10 for adults and $6 for children (ages 2-11). Advance tickets will be available at Aledo City Hall, the East Parker County Library, the East Parker Chamber of Commerce, Interbank Aledo, Aledo National Bank, Brookshire’s and Reading Friends.
Performance day tickets will be $15 for adults and $7 for children.
For more information, see the Feb. 7 issue of The Community News.
Information from Kelly Miller Circus:
Aledo Mayor Kit Marshall announced in an automated telephone message this evening (Monday) that the Chestnut Street railroad crossing will be closed permanently beginning Tuesday, Jan. 28.
The closing of the crossing was planned in conjunction with the Aledo Trail project, which will create a new one-way crossing over the railroad at the southern end of FM 1187.
Traffic is scheduled to be re-routed over the new crossing on the Aledo Trail on Feb. 4.
Aledo voters will have a chance to decide whether beer and wine will be for sale in stores and alcohol can be served in restaurants.
The city council approved a petition seeking such an election Thursday night and called the election for May 10.
The local options will be on the same ballot as the city council election.
To participate in the election, voters must be registered 30 days prior to the election.
Christmas Tyme in Aledo and the Arts & Crafts Fair are both postponed to Saturday, Dec. 14. The Arts & Crafts Fair, along with all attractions scheduled to take place at the Community Center, will take place at Aledo United Methodist Church.
Check community-news.com later today for an updated map of Christmas Tyme events.
In the Sept. 27 issue of The Community News, it was reported that the 1187 traffic switch would occur on Oct 2. Unfortunately, after the paper went to press, we received the following update.
We regret any confusion.
TxDOT and McMahon Construction will delay the scheduled traffic switch on FM 1187 from the night of Wednesday, Oct. 2 to Monday night on Oct. 7, beginning at 8 p.m. due to Aledo High School’s homecoming game on Oct. 4.
The traffic switch on Oct. 7 will move all FM 1187 traffic onto the newly built east side of FM 1187 to allow construction crews to build the new FM 1187 south bound lanes. This plan is expected to create some traffic backups in the area of the Bailey Ranch Road intersection.
Work on the south bound lanes will result in the closing of access to Bankhead Highway off of FM 1187. All traffic wishing to turn onto Bankhead Highway will be detoured to Bailey Ranch Road and then onto Champion’s Drive, which will allow for access to Bankhead Highway. Southbound traffic on FM 1187 wishing to turn right onto Bailey Ranch Road will be able to do so, but without a designated right turn lane at the FM 1187 and Bailey Ranch Road intersection. Northbound traffic on FM 1187 will have a dedicated left turn lane onto Bailey Ranch Road.
With construction of FM 1187 into Aledo reaching the halfway point, traffic will be switched to the newly constructed lanes on the east side of the roadway beginning at approximately 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2, according to officials with TxDOT and McMahon Construction. The actual switchover could cause some minor delays over a four- hour period from 8 p.m. to midnight, as vehicles are diverted onto the new concrete. In addition, West Oak St. will be closed, and both East Oak St. and Underwood Rd. will reopen for traffic. Access to all businesses will remain available with directional signs posted as crews work to build the new concrete lanes on the west side of FM 1187. Upon completion, FM 1187 will be a four lane divided highway with a median, curbs, gutters, sidewalks and landscaping.
From the City of Aledo:
As you may know, Aledo’s newest attraction, Urban Farmers’ Market, begins tomorrow. The market, showcasing local homegrown produce and art, will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 7 along North Front Street. The Market will take place every Saturday through October. Each Saturday, we will have live music from 9:30 a.m. – noon.
The “upscale” and “intimate” market will offer works of art and other specialty items as well as homegrown local produce from our featuring Producer, Jazbac Farm (a Parker County family farm).
Products offered will include custom knives, belt buckles and jewelry, handmade blankets and pillowcases, organic goat milk soaps and specialty coffees. Mary’s Tamales and Cup & Cake Coffeehouse & Bakery will be there, along with a juicer who sells smoothies.
This is all about a movement in Aledo to make people aware of how shopping locally can stimulate the economy. See you at the Market!
Randy Keck/The Community NewsAledo, Willow Park, Weatherford and Hudson Oaks Dire Departments responded to a house fire on Wednesday morning on Feedlot Road in Aledo. According to witnesses, the fire may have started in the garage. See the Sept. 6 issue of The Community News for more information.
Joel Kertok of the Parker Counry Judge's Office reports that work continues to progress with the widening and reconstruction of FM 1187 and Aledo Trail.
Crews are expected to continue with the paving of both projects for the next several weeks, with FM 1187 paving taking place from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Motorists should be aware that north bound FM 1187 traffic, planning to access I-20 or the east bound service road, is expected to be detoured across the newly paved portions of FM 1187 as they approach the I-20 traffic signal, starting sometime in mid-July.
Current estimates for when work is expected to switch to the west side of FM 1187 and traffic moved completely to the newly constructed east side of FM 1187 in September or October.