Contractors continue to push dirt up and down U.S. Highway 190 this week in a road-widening project stretching from the far end of Harker Heights to Killeen’s western city limits.
Most notably, traffic on westbound U.S. 190 has been diverted for a stretch to accommodate the construction of the Rosewood Overpass project, sending two lanes of traffic into a newly paved area that lies where a grassy media formerly sat.
New bridge construction
That diversion will remain for some time as the city constructs a new bridge along the area’s busiest thoroughfare, with some 110,000 vehicles traveling through each day, city and state officials said.
It is because of such high traffic numbers that the state is paying $65 million to widen the highway to three lanes on each side from Fort Hood’s main gate to the Farm-to-Market 2410 bridge. The project’s completion is set for fall 2015.
City officials hope the Rosewood Overpass project will create a new major north-south traffic artery for the city. The $32 million project should be complete in March.
Other highway changes
This week will see other changes to the highway farther west. A new section of the Willow Springs Drive bridge over U.S. 190 will open Thursday, with traffic being diverted from the old section.
On Friday, construction crews will shut down the highway starting at 5 p.m. to demolish a final section of the Willow Springs Road bridge, according to Killeen city spokeswoman Hilary Shine.
Weather permitting, traffic will be diverted onto frontage roads until 5 a.m. Saturday.
Temporary overnight lane closures also will take place this week between W.S. Young Drive and Stan Schlueter Loop while work crews bring in materials needed for daytime work, Texas Department of Public Transportation spokesman Ken Roberts said.