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Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 4:30 am

HARKER HEIGHTS — To the untrained eye, the newly constructed east-west turnaround at Farm-to-Market 2410 and U.S. Highway 190 looks ready for cars.

But cold weather has kept James Construction Group from completing one of the few final tasks needed to complete the project.

“We have a final course of asphalt that is temperature sensitive, and we’re looking for 70 degrees and rising over several days,” said Mark Hyde, Heights public works director. “The asphalt they’re using doesn’t work well in cooler temperatures.”

If the weather cooperates, the remaining asphalt work could be done in one day.

A few other “odds and ends,” like guardrails and a streetlight, also need to be installed before the turnaround can open, Hyde said.

Construction on the $1.8 million project began July 9 and was funded by pass-through funding with the Texas Department of Transportation, according to the city. After completion, TxDOT will reimburse Heights $1.7 million within a 10- to 20-year period, based on traffic counts.

The turnaround will allow vehicles traveling east to take a U-turn back toward Killeen and avoid traffic that backs up at traffic lights on FM 2410,

Despite the weather delay, Hyde said the road should open this month as planned.

“Actually, we’re ahead of schedule,” he said. “We are hoping for the end of March.”

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