The Texas Department of Transportation requested Killeen decrease speed limits by 5 mph on certain roads during the U.S. Highway 190 and Rosewood Drive projects.

TxDOT wants the city to decrease maximum speeds on U.S. 190 and Central Texas Expressway between Fort Hood’s Main Gate and W.S. Young Drive and between Stan Schlueter Loop and the Harker Heights city limits.

TxDOT also requested the city decrease speeds by 5 mph on Farm-to-Market 2410 between Scott & White Drive and the Harker Heights city limits (Roy Reynolds Drive).

The main U.S. 190 highway would be decreased from 60 to 55 mph and the frontage road, also known as Central Texas Expressway, would be decreased from 50 to 45 mph, if the council approves the proposal.

Maximum speeds on FM 2410 would decrease from 50 to 45 mph, according to the proposal.

The speed limit change would continue through the end of roadway construction, which began on U.S. 190 March 1 and is expected to end Feb. 28, 2015.

The council plans to vote on the issue at its next regular meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday at city hall, 101 N. College St.

During Tuesday’s council meeting, some members feared the decrease would inconvenience local drivers, while others said a 5 mph decrease would not be enough.

“Raising or lowering speed limits is not popular one way or the other,” said George Lueck, the city’s transportation director.

Contact Brandon Janes at bjanes@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7552

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