By Mason W. Canales
Killeen Daily Herald
HARKER HEIGHTS – City crews are fixing a portion of Comanche Gap Road near its intersection with Farm-to-Market 2410. The construction work is expected to continue until next week.
"We are removing 10 inches of subgrade, and then replacing it with new material, and then we will replace the pavement," Public Works Director Mark Hyde said.
The section the city is replacing is the worst portion of Comanche Gap Road, Hyde said.
"It was becoming a safety issue," Hyde said. "We felt we couldn't wait any more, so we went ahead and did that with city crews."
This is a temporary repair, until the city can come up with a plan and funds to fully repair the street, City Manager Steve Carpenter said.
"Our goal would be to someday rebuild that road and along with that put some type of path to go down to the lake," Carpenter said. "What Mark is doing is to keep the road from deteriorating any further."
The street is an old county road that became the city's responsibility some years ago when it annexed the area down Comanche Gap Road, Carpenter said. At the time it was constructed, it was probably not built to the city's standards.
Since then, there has been the development of The Ridge subdivision, which brought several trucks onto the street.
If the street was not designed for the weight of the trucks, they could have damaged the road over time.
The funds for the current repairs are coming from the public works maintenance budget, which was set at $110,000 for the year. The cost of the project is significantly less than funds in the maintenance budget, Hyde said.
Hyde didn't expect the work to last much longer.
"(Crews) should be finished with the base section this week, weather permitting. We should be able to pave it sometime in the near future," Hyde added.
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