By Alicia Lacy
The Cove Herald
The U.S. Highway 190 bypass is still at the top of the list for Copperas Cove officials.
During an update of the recently completed legislative session Tuesday, Copperas Cove council members and city staff received information regarding the passage of House Bill 1, which authorized giving the Texas Department of Transportation an additional $2 billion in (Proposition 12) bonding authority.
According to representatives from Hillco Partners, the legislation requires $1 billion of the bonds to be used to directly fund transportation projects and the other $1 billion to be sent to the State Infrastructure Bank, which provides loans for transit projects at lower interest rates.
In a recent workshop with
TxDOT officials, Richard Brown, area engineer for TxDOT, said the southeast bypass project should be shovel ready in September.
However, funding is still questionable.
Brandon Aghamalian of Hillco Partners said the reliever route remains a challenge, but is still anticipating additional stimulus dollars.
In a previous workshop, City Manager Andrea Gardner said TxDOT put a hold on category 3 funding, which is funding designated for urban area corridor projects, for at least two years.
Aghamalian said it is possible for funding to be used from Proposition 12 to fund the project, but the decision is in the hands of TxDOT officials.
According to Gardner, another avenue for funding the project would be through Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) funding, which is part of the second round of stimulus funds.
The southeast bypass is 6.2 miles of roadway that extends from the east end of U.S. Highway 190 to the intersection of FM 2657 and West U.S. Highway 190. The bypass will have access points at FM 116, FM 3046, FM 2657 and Old Copperas Cove Road.
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