By Anthony Scott

Killeen Daily Herald

Killeen continues to make headway on its list of prioritized street projects.

Mitchell & Associates Inc. has been selected to design the extension of Elms Road, which will stretch from Carpet Lane to State Highway 195. It will also design a regionalized detention facility to alleviate current drainage problems.

The council awarded a $450,330 contract to the engineering group at Tuesday's meeting. The Elms Road project is one of six being paid for with a $30 million bond and a 4-cent tax hike approved last year.

"It's going to be a fast-paced project," said Mike Kriegel, a Mitchell & Associates civil engineer. "This is one we want to get accomplished, get out and bid and be done with as soon as possible."

The engineering group will design the rest of the road that will connect Elms Road from the east and west side of the city through an area where no road exists at the moment. The city has agreements

with most of the land owners for the project's right of way, Kriegel said.

The drainage project will entail land with a broad flood plain where engineers will have to find a way to control the water flow. Eventually, the project may be able to reclaim some land from flooding for future development, Kriegel said.

The engineering group will accomplish this by adding channels and finding a way to better detain water. Tentatively, the project is expected to go to bid in January 2012, Kriegel said.

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