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Bellevue to get new safety lighting

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Two traffic safety features will be installed this week in Bellevue according to the Texas Department of Transportation.
Adele Lewis, public information officer for the Wichita Falls TxDOT district, said poles, cables and warning flashers will be placed on the north side of U.S. Highway 287 at Hilltop Road. They also will go in on the south side of U.S. 287 at Farm-to-Market Road 1288.
The FM 1288 installation will take place on March 15 and the Hilltop Rd work on March 16.
Then on March 21 TxDOT will temporarily close U.S. 287 at night starting at 9 p.m. to string the cable across the freeway and attach the flashers over the main lanes.
These flashers are replacing the ones that were knocked down last year. U.S. 287 will have flashing amber lights as a warning.
Hilltop and FM 1288 will have red lights and require a stop for motorists.
This type of job will be postponed if poor weather conditions move into the area. Drivers should be cautious during these work periods.

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Harsh budget realities debated

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By BARBARA GREEN
editor@bowienewsonline.com
In its first planning workshop of the year, the Bowie City Council reviewed an extensive infrastructure needs plan, electric costs and 10 years of historical budget data during its two-hour session Monday night.
There were some harsh realities debated as the council tackles long-term problems centered primarily around infrastructure.
Public Works Director Stony Lowrance provided a six-page infrastructure plan for water, sewer and streets. He began work on this plan in August using details from the previous drainage report and cost estimates he obtained from engineers.
Lowrance explained the basic costs of chip and seal, which is the process the city staff can do, compared to asphalt. He pointed to priority streets in the next five years that include drainage, crossings, line replacement and reconstructing streets where work is done.
He also provided costs if some streets were contracted out for asphalt.
“We are way behind now due to weather, but in a good year we can do about two miles a year. The cost of material and fuel also impact costs. With the people I have and the equipment, we are doing the best we can. There are a lot of issues with infrastructure and all cities no matter the size have the same problems, we just waited a bit too late to address them, so it kind of backed up on us,” said Lowrance.

Read the full story in your weekend Bowie News. Read below the infrastructure plan for streets, water and sewer and the airport that was presented Tuesday night. Pictured above members of the Bowie City Council and city staff examine documents at Monday’s workshop. (Photo by Barbara Green)

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So far 2024 sixth wettest year in DFW area

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The National Weather Service says 2024 is among the wettest year-to-date. As of May 14 it is the sixth wettest for both the Dallas-Fort Worth and Waco areas.
The year 1990 was number one with 28.49 inches of rain.
Through the end of May Bowie received a total of 22.6 inches of rain. May recorded 8.79 inches alone. April had 5.58, March 3.70, February, 1.63 and January, 2.90.
Nocona recorded a total of 22.83 inches. For May it saw 7.54 inches of rain, April 8.6 inches, March, 1.97, February, 1.84 and January 2.88.

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Councilors review other topics

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While the Bowie City Council was focused on its planning workshop and electric power discussion this week, there were numerous other action items on the agenda.
Responding to complaints about the condition of the walking trail at Pelham Park, councilors Monday approved a request to pay for temporary patching and make plans to resurface it in the next budget year. Public Works Director Stony Lowrance said they have done some patching and plan to redig a ditch line near the pool were water goes along the trail.
He added the street department is already behind due to the wet weather, so he does not think it will be possible to get to it this year. The patching costs run around $4,168 and those invoices were accepted.
During the recent parks board meeting it was reported they have a bid of $20,000 for the resurfacing, which Parks Department Head Clyde Johnson said he would ask for it in his capital improvements budget for 2024-25 and would depend on council approval.

Read the full story in the weekend Bowie News.

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