By Mason W. Canales
Killeen Daily Herald
HARKER HEIGHTS – Access road construction will close for good the U.S. Highway 190 westbound on-ramp just west of Farm-to-Market 2410 on Wednesday.
"The ramp closure will allow the construction of the new Stan Schlueter exit ramp and auxiliary lanes to be completed," Texas Department of Transportation officials said in a news release Monday. "(In the future,) westbound traffic from FM 2410 to U.S. 190 will use the westbound frontage road and enter westbound U.S. 190 just west of Farm-to-Market 3470."
The state is reversing the ramps along the north side of U.S. 190, TxDOT spokesman Ken Roberts said Monday. A U.S. 190-Stan Schlueter exit ramp will be built in about the same area as the current on-ramp. Residents who use the on-ramp regularly should find alternate routes and expect delays during rush hour times, Roberts said.
The intersections at FM 2410 and Central Texas Expressway will probably see heavier traffic because of the ramp closure, Roberts said.
"When you have traffic coming from the Skipcha Subdivision or the school or the shopping center, we are suspected to have some significant congestion at that intersection especially during the rush hour," Roberts said.
Roberts didn't mention specific routes for people to drive, but he said others exist, such as continuing north on FM 2410 to Killeen.
"There are other ways to go, but individuals are going to have to plan accordingly," Roberts said. "They are going to need to plan for delays, because it is going to take a little longer until we get this completed."
The completion date for the project, which will see the opening of a new on-ramp and an exit-ramp, is scheduled for late spring. Harker Heights police will monitor the closure of the ramp and possible traffic concerns as they arise,
HHPD Patrol Commander Lt. Houston Johnson said Monday; police will deal with issues caused by drivers during the closure.
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