The Killeen City Council plans to vote today to move forward with a project the city hopes will unsnarl the daily traffic congestion at Trimmier Road and U.S. Highway 190.
“It’s a really important intersection that affects a lot of people,” Killeen Mayor Dan Corbin said Monday.
“Since so many of our residents use that intersection and that stretch of highway, I think it should be a high priority.”
The five-phase project would add a middle turn lane to the current five-lane stretch of Trimmier Road between Bank of America and U.S. 190.
Initial plans also call for a new marginal access road to be built parallel to Lowes Boulevard on the north side of Lowes Boulevard Creek.
City transportation director George Lueck said the new side road will take traffic from Trimmier Road and divert it behind a new CVS pharmacy planned for the southeast corner of the intersection.
Lueck said the timing of the project may be ideal for attracting low-cost bids from contractors already in the area for the state-funded U.S. Highway 190 widening project, which began March 1.
The Texas Department of Transportation will add one additional lane on Trimmier Road under U.S. 190 as part of its project.
When presented with the original plans for the local Trimmier widening project, the council expressed concern that taking on new debt might affect the city’s bond ratings.
Dan Wegmiller, the city’s financial adviser, said last week that the debt would not affect the city’s financial standing because of $33 million in state funds expected to be returned to the city in the next 20 years through the pass-through financing program.
The city also has received about $2 million in unanticipated sales tax revenues that it could use to jump-start the project.
Today’s vote would amend the fiscal year 2012-13 budget by $774,000 to pay for the design of the project, which is expected to take 12 months.