Cove U.S. Highway 190 traffic

Traffic moves along U.S. Highway 190 through Copperas Cove on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013.  Once the U.S. 190 bypass is complete, the existing road will be redesignated Business 190.

Business owners and residents located on U.S. Highway 190 will have two more chances to ask the city and post office questions about the upcoming name change for the roadway.

Stakeholders with addresses on the roadway didn’t turn out for the city’s first meeting concerning U.S. 190 changing to Business 190. But business owners such as Jackie Duncan, who operates The OutPost Texas, plan to attend future meetings.

“I am hoping to go to one of those meetings...,” she said. Duncan didn’t know how the name change would affect her business.

The U.S. Postal Service has already taken care of most of the address changes required for residents and businesses to receive mail, said Johnny Castro, a spokesman for the federal agency’s local branch.

“As of right now, there is no reason to do a change of address,” Castro said. “It is already in place, and we have seen some mail with Business 190 on it already.”

The OutPost Texas, which is located at the strip center at 2210 E. U.S. 190, is not as worried about getting its mail as getting new customers into the store after the change, Duncan said.

Some GPS services already have problems directing people to the gift shop, she said.

“I know when we tried to get our phones put in, they were telling us we didn’t exist,” Duncan said. “For some people, it doesn’t show up on some on their map services. I know sometimes with customers some people are driving all the way to Kempner.”

The Postal Service and the city are not responsible for a third party’s data, said Castro and Kevin Keller, a spokesman for Copperas Cove. Third party GPS services, however, do sometimes base their information on the city or post office’s data, which is being updated for the change.

Duncan and other businesses will have two more meetings to bring concerns to the city.

The new highway, being built by James Construction based in Baton Rouge La., will stretch 5.1 miles and will take traffic from east of Five Hills shopping center to west of Farm-to-Market 2657 by running south of the current highway.

It is anticipated to be done in between March to June.

If you go

What: Meeting to discuss concerns about U.S. Highway 190 name change

When: 6 p.m. Tuesday; 5 p.m. Jan. 14

Where: Copperas Cove Police Department, 302 E. Avenue E

Contact Mason W. Canales at ​ or (254) 501-7474

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