I love the way U.S. Highway 190 in Killeen is beginning to look.
As many of our readers know, 190 for decades was a four-lane highway from Copperas Cove to Belton.
It’s the main thoroughfare in the area, and hotels, auto dealerships and other businesses have grown along its edges since the four-lane highway was built in the 1970s.
Over the past two years or so, a widening project began that expands U.S. 190 to six lanes from Farm to Market 2410 in Harker Heights to the Fort Hood main gate.
Many commuters in the area, including me, have already noticed that part of the new and improved 190 is already open, including over the intersections at W.S. Young and Trimmier Road.
Personally, it’s like flying through clear skies – smooth and beautiful.
I was so glad to see the lanes open up earlier this year, which makes coming to and leaving work faster and easier.
As Killeen has grown over the years, the traffic on 190 has also grown. I remember when I was a soldier stationed at Fort Hood in the 1990s, traffic wasn’t nearly as bad as it is now. Granted, I lived in the barracks at that time, and I didn’t usually drive around during rush hour.
Still, the four-lane U.S. 190 worked at the time. That’s no longer the case. Even during non-rush hour times, traffic can be close to bumper to bumper.
Highway officials have said the expansion project was expected to be complete by the end of the summer. That didn’t happen, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and hopefully the work crews can finish by the end of the year.
Interestingly enough, I’ve lived in two other communities that have U.S. 190 passing through them — Huntsville in East Texas, and Covington, La.
The highway is pretty busy in those towns, too, but not nearly as busy as it is here in the Killeen-Fort Hood area.
I think it’s fair to say that U.S. 190 in Killeen is the main pathway to Fort Hood, which makes it a very important road to the military, and in turn, a very important road for our country.
Cheers to the better and wider 190!