GATESVILLE — Coryell County commissioners on Wednesday passed a resolution asking the Texas Department of Transportation to make Harmon Road part of the state Farm-to-Market system, improving it as an east-to-west corridor linking western counties with Fort Hood.
Harmon Road runs east to west between Farm-to-Market 580 southwest of Pidcoke to Farm-to-Market 1690 near Izoro in Lampasas County.
The resolution asks that Coryell County be allowed to apply rebuilding work on the road as in-kind funds to offset a $214,000 debt to TxDOT.
County Judge John Firth and Commissioner Jack Wall met with TxDOT Executive Director Phil Wilson last week to discuss the project. Wilson asked the county to submit a resolution that he would take to the Texas Transportation Commission for action.
“We should know within the next couple of months” whether the commission approves the request, Firth said.
Harmon Road is used heavily by residents of Lampasas and Hamilton counties to get to Farm-to-Market 116 and Fort Hood, Firth said.
Traffic on the county road is expected to double — from 500 vehicles a day to more than 1,000 a day — with the completion of the State Highway 9 bypass next year, according to the resolution.
“The road is in no shape to handle the added traffic once the SH 9 bypass is finished,” Firth said.
The state water development plan for 2012 includes construction of a Coryell County water reservoir that should provide a source of water for future development in southern Coryell County, further increasing the traffic north of Copperas Cove to and from Fort Hood and east of the post on U.S. Highway 190, according to the resolution.
The resolution states that, as a county-maintained road, Harmon Road will not be able to support the increased traffic, noting that Coryell County has the lowest per-capita tax base of any county in Texas.
The county’s $214,000 debt to TxDOT accounts for rights-of-way and moving of utilities along state and federal highway projects, including the U.S. 190 bypass project, and improvements to U.S. 84 and Farm-to-Market 107, Firth said.