Trimmier widening

Traffic slows on Trimmier Road on Friday, March 8, 2013, in Killeen. Congestion may get worse if the Killeen City Council approves a plan to widen Trimmier Road, extend Lowes Boulevard and add a continuous turn lane on W.S. Young Drive.

Killeen received its full request of $2 million to widen Trimmier Road from Jasper Road to Elms Road — one of five area roadway projects approved for federal funding, the Killeen-Temple Metropolitan Planning Organization announced this week.

Killeen Mayor Dan Corbin said the city is “absolutely elated” about receiving funding.

“I believe that without that money it would be very difficult to do that project next year,” he said. “That will allow us to do the project without increasing taxes.”

KTMPO qualified for the federal Category 7 funding because of its population size after the 2010 census. Each project submitted is intended to improve traffic flow and connect to a state right-of-way.

Copperas Cove also received its requested $218,506 in federal dollars for the addition of a traffic lane on Courtney Lane between Farm-to-Market 116 and Fairbanks. The project includes adding a right-turn lane for westbound traffic and repairing curb and sidewalk ramps.

Copperas Cove City Manager Andrea Gardner said the city contributed several million dollars to roadway projects in the community that are part of the state roadway system, but Copperas Cove isn’t in a position to provide funding to meet all the city’s street needs.

“The project will improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety for those students to travel to school on foot or bicycle,” she said. “Over the past 10 years, Courtney Lane has documented three auto-pedestrian accidents and four auto-bicycle accidents. Student safety is very important to the city and CCISD.”

Harker Heights received only a portion of the funding it sought.

The city was awarded $574,663 of its requested $3.5 million of the funding to reconfigure and add lanes on Farm-to-Market 2410 over U.S. Highway 190 and create a left-turn lane.

Harker Height City Manager Steve Carpenter said the city now has to go back and re-examine its roadway project.

“We got an award, but it’s not enough,” he said. “Now we have to go back and examine if we can do a portion of the project, or hold on to (the funds) until we hopefully get more money from TxDOT.”

Belton received its full requested amount of $2.9 million for its West Ninth Avenue extension project, and Hill Country Transit District received its full amount of more than $642,000 for two replacement buses.

KTMPO aids in deciding and prioritizing transportation projects in Bell County and portions of Coryell and Lampasas counties, including Copperas Cove and Kempner.

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