Copperas Cove government entities updated each other about area projects on Wednesday at a quarterly summit meeting.

The highway projects in and around Copperas Cove are all progressing well, said City Manager Andrea Gardner.

“State Highway 9 is moving rather rapidly as of late,” she said. “That project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.”

The U.S. Highway 190 bypass project could end between March and May 2014.

It along with Farm-to-Market Road 2657’s construction are both “looking well,” Gardner said.

Copperas Cove Economic Development Corporation’s Executive Director Polo Enriquez said the Old Copperas Cove Road construction is complete with the exception of detour work awaiting the U.S. 190 construction.

“The road looks nice,” Enriquez said. “There is an amazingly high number of cars using it already.”

The roadway, which the Cove EDC paid to have straightened, allows traffic to access West Fort Hood from Constitution Drive. It also will grant future access to U.S. Highway 190 as an entrance to the 72-acre Narrows Technology and Business Park.

Construction for the Narrows is another project Enriquez discussed.

“We expect to turn dirt right there in November or early December,” Enriquez said.

Bids for the development project are already out and should be opened sometime in October.

Cove ISD update

Cove Independent School District Deputy Superintendent Richard Kirkpatrick updated the government entities about the use of its Avenue E property, the educational system’s historic first school building.

After demolishing several newer buildings that were not functional, the district hopes to make the site a career and development center, Kirkpatrick said.

“We would build there what we can’t fit at the high school,” he said.

The district has worked with several business leaders in the community to narrow down some possible classes that would help students move directly into the job market after graduation.

“As you all know, you never quit learning,” Kirkpatrick said.

Community business leaders can expect some learning themselves this year, as the Cove Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce and the National Banks, Price said. The three entities are looking to bring a Chiseling Leadership luncheon to Central Texas College.

Residents can learn plenty at the State of the City Address and Meet the City events, Price said.

A lot of work has gone into the two Wednesday events to “step them up a notch,” this year, Gardner said.

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

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