• September 23, 2014

Cove officials receive update on highway projects

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Posted: Friday, April 12, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 11:53 am, Wed Jul 16, 2014.

Copperas Cove officials discussed road and highway construction and other topics at Wednesday’s Summit Meeting.

City Manager Andrea Gardner said the U.S. Highway 190 bypass and the State Highway 9 projects are months ahead of schedule.

While there have been a few delays and change orders on State Highway 9, there have been significantly more for the U.S. 190 bypass, Gardner said.

The city needs to fund about $1.1 million for change orders, which include relocating a water main that wasn’t mapped in the plans and more dirt work required for moving a landfill in the area.

When the landfill was in operation, the city apparently buried the material by trenching the property, Gardner said. The Texas Department of Transportation contractor, Louisiana-based James Construction, had to do extra dirt work so it could build a bridge over South Farm-to-Market 116.

Change orders for State Highway 9 have totaled about $10,000, Gardner said. Both projects are anticipated to be completed in November or December of this year.

After the state highway is completed, TxDOT will probably locate a light at the intersection for the new highway and North FM 116, Gardner said. Since the city doesn’t have a large population, TxDOT should fund the new traffic signal.

Copperas Cove Economic Development Director Polo Enriquez said the reconstruction of Old Copperas Cove Road “is well underway.”

The project calls for straightening of the road that will serve as a south entrance to the Five Hills shopping center at Robert Griffin III Boulevard. It is about 30 to 40 percent complete, Enriquez said.

Representatives from the Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce, Copperas Cove Independent School District, Coryell County and the Coryell Central Appraisal District spoke about issues involving their entities during the quarterly meeting.

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