Briefs from the Waco area: TxDOT to close lane along Spring Valley Road Monday and Tuesday | Local News

Spring Valley lane closed

The Texas Department of Transportation will close a lane on Spring Valley Road in Hewitt from Judy Drive to Westhill Drive on Monday and Tuesday to install drainage structures. Flaggers will be in place to direct traffic in the one-lane, two-way configuration. Motorists should expect delays in the area.

The closure and roadwork is part of TxDOT’s plan to reconstruct Farm-to-Market Road 2113, widen the roadway to include 10-foot-wide shoulders and a 14-foot-wide continuous left-turn lane. wide.

city ​​cooling center

The City of Waco and Waco–McLennan County Emergency Management Office are offering a cooling center from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Sul Ross Community Center, 1414 Jefferson Ave.

Cold water bottles and chairs will be provided.

Stargazing evening on July 23

Waco Mammoth National Monument, 6220 Steinbeck Bend Drive, will host an evening stargazing from 8-10 p.m. on July 23. The event is free, but space is limited. To reserve a space, email

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Retired park ranger Larry Smith, a dark sky expert, will be hosting. Visitors can see stars, planets and more. Participants should dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Flashlights are recommended. Lights with a red filter are best.

Film festival screening

Deep in the Heart Film Festival will screen the short “A Little Dead” at 8 p.m. July 23 at the Waco Racetrack, 724 Austin Ave., as part of the festival’s “Saturday Night Fright” block of shorts. It’s a suspense/horror film with strong mental health themes throughout.

General admission tickets are $10, $5 for students and military.

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