• February 28, 2017

Killeen groups leading effort to get additional name for U.S. Highway 190

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  • Alvin posted at 9:10 am on Wed, Nov 6, 2013.

    Alvin Posts: 1189

    'Killeen Groups leading effort to get additional name for U.S. Highway 190'

    Harker Heights seems to be having success at doing it, attracting more business to the area. Copperas Cove seems to be having success doing it, attracting more business to the area. Even Lampasas seems to be having success doing it, attracting more business to the area. Now by changing the designation of the highway to one of an interstate designation, this is going to make all the difference in the world is hoping for a 'pie in the sky'.

    I do not see what difference the designation of the highway makes. It would seem to me that 'a company' would be more interested in rather they had rail service, or transportation motor freight availability and this would hinge on the number of outlets, roadways leading into and out of the city, not whether or not they had a designation of 'interstate' to tack onto the roadway. Also, I've always had a preconceived notion that the designation of 'interstate' was regulated by 'having to cross at least 1 border', not 35 to 40 miles of interstate roadway. Thus an 'interstate'.

    From what I see, presently, Killeen is building a structure to house merchandise. Lampasas is going to be the home to Crane, a crane and full service and heavy equipment is relocating from California. Copperas Cove is expanding, drawing more stores into the Mall.

    If they are successful at their bid to change the designation to 'an internet', where along the 'internet do they plan on building? As I see it, '190' is completely full along the roadway with eating establishments, and car lots. I don't see space for new establishments. I use the word 'establishments' as I don't see anything else wanting to occupy these areas. So where do you go except in a southerly direction, say out where the police department is located. Being in that location, I don't see where the 'interstate' designation is going to be a selling point. Sorry for this viewpoint.

  • wilcfry posted at 8:29 am on Mon, Nov 4, 2013.

    wilcfry Posts: 93

    The reason I ask about I-14 being the real number is that it was already proposed for a highway in the southeast:

  • wilcfry posted at 8:27 am on Mon, Nov 4, 2013.

    wilcfry Posts: 93

    On one hand, it's a little silly for companies to "automatically" not consider locating somewhere without an interstate, just because of the *name* of the highway, and not consider the condition of the road, its method of construction, the populace it would serve, the amount of traffic and commerce in the area, etc.

    But there *are* companies that do this.

    The writer said above that there doesn't appear to be any downside to renaming the road "Interstate". We can overlook the minor inconveniences of adding additional signage and relearning the name of the highway.

    (Out of curiosity, is "I-14" just an example, or is that the actual proposed number?)

  • texasgoat posted at 8:44 am on Sun, Nov 3, 2013.

    texasgoat Posts: 98

    Why not just name the frontage roads "Interstate East or West"?