NEWS

College Avenue street project

John Pulliam
3D Concrete of Aledo works on NW Second Street.

The North College Avenue/NW Second Street intersection project got under way July 27. An Aledo company, 3D Concrete, was the lowest of three bidders at $173,444 and is doing the work. The projected is expected to be completed by the end of August.

Aledo City Administrator Robert Mahrt said the work includes reconstruction of NW Second, west of College, with curb radiuses for the corner, as well as new gutters on both the north and south sides of NW Second. New accessible ramps are being put in on the north and south sides of the street, ramps which meet state standards. A new post office drop-off lane is also being installed.

John Dellitt, 3D Concrete's director of operations, said the project is right on schedule.

"So far, so good," Dellitt said. "It's progressing as expected, so far."

Motorists have been able to continue using College Avenue during construction. The first half of work to pour concrete on NW Second took place July 30. Dellitt said that part of the project will be completed, weather permitting, Aug. 3.

"That intersection (west of College Avenue on NW Second) will be closed down until the point of asphalt placement" and striping, Dellitt said. He explained that work will be done after the concrete has time to cure.

Pains have been taken to alleviate inconvenience. Motorists on College can navigate the area through lanes marked by cones. A temporary post office drop-off lane is available at the west end of the block of NW Second where work is taking place. Dellitt said some motorists, unaware of the relocated postal boxes, have tried to drive through the cones in that area.

"Those boxes receive heavy use," he said.

Mahrt said the hope is the project will not cause any problems for the Aug. 29 celebration of Antique Days.

"We may end up with the intersection open," he said.

The city administrator was enthusiastic as he talked about the local firm's low bid being approved by the City Council on July 6.

"It's nice to be working in town," Dellitt said. "We usually have to travel to do work."