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Crews Spruce Up Area for HHH Ride

<br> <p>I'm standing in front of something crews are doing around the area.</p> <p>Just this morning, crews painted over the graffiti that was here off Kell West.</p> <p>But as you'll see, graffiti removal isn't the only thing TxDOT and city crews are doing to make the area more appealing for the upcoming Hotter 'N Hell Hundred ride.</p>

That's right.

In fact, I'm standing in front of something crews are doing around the area.

Just this morning, crews painted over the graffiti that was here off Kell West.

But as you'll see, graffiti removal isn't the only thing TxDOT and city crews are doing to make the area more appealing for the upcoming Hotter 'N Hell Hundred ride.


Long before the wheels begin spinning in the Hotter 'N Hell Hundred ride, other things must get in motion like Wichita Falls city crews spinning the wheels of lawnmowers and cutting overgrown lots along the ride route.

"Along the route, we've probably done about 25 or 30 lots. Some of them are anywhere from a little yard...to a few weeds... to 10 acres," says Terry Points, parks supervisor for the Wichita Falls Parks and Recreation Department.

If the lots are privately owned, owners will soon be getting a bill in the mail.

But city officials say mowing isn't the only task.

"We do trash. We cut down old trees that are along the route if it's on one of the city properties or if it's something that's gonna be a hazard, we try to cut it down," adds Points.

State roadways along the ride route are also getting cleaned.

"A lot of tires pop on some of these roads, so when we do a seal coat on a specific route, we will use a smaller rock, something not big that will pop a bicycle tire," says TxDOT Spokesperson Adele Lewis.

We also found TxDOT crews getting rid of graffiti at underpasses along state roadways, all in an effort to make the area more appealing before Hotter 'N Hell Hundred riders make their way to the finish line.

In addition to wiping out graffiti, you can also expect to see streets being swept as crews tidy up the area for the Hotter 'N Hell Hundred, which kicks off Thursday, August 23rd with the Consumer Show.

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