Area motorists who drive U.S. Highway 190 through Killeen may see some relief on the road as the highway’s widening project will soon come to an end after more than three years of construction, or so it’s expected.
The project to widen Killeen’s main thoroughfare to three lanes in each direction from Fort Hood’s main gate to the Farm-to-Market 2410 bridge in Harker Heights began in February 2013. It was initially planned to be finished by fall 2015.
However, due to a separate construction project that intersects with 190 — Killeen’s Rosewood Drive — the highway project’s completion date was delayed to fall 2016, according to Texas Department of Transportation spokesman Ken Roberts.
“It (Rosewood project) was in the middle of the project we had,” he said.
The $65 million U.S. 190 widening project is expected to accommodate the 110,000 vehicles that travel the highway each day.
This week, the eastbound and westbound left lanes of U.S. 190, from W.S. Young in Killeen to FM 2410 in Harker Heights will be closed to relocate concrete barriers, and paving will be done until Thursday, from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. each day, TxDOT officials said.
At the same time, the westbound right lane and shoulder from FM 2410 in Harker Heights to FM 2410 in Belton will be closed to collect roadway samples for a possible future widening project, officials said.
“The core samples are preliminary surveys for future projects that are yet to be funded. The plans are preliminary, construction that is not funded at this point,” Roberts said.
If funded, however, U.S. 190 could be widened to six lanes from the intersection of FM 2410 in Harker Heights to where U.S. 190 again intersects with FM 2410 in Belton, about a 7-mile stretch.
The painting of the white lines on the newly widened U.S. 190 will be done after paving is completed, Roberts said. An exact date was not given since dates can vary upon rain or equipment malfunctions.
Area residents are beginning to notice the new changes and feel relieved about the new “smooth” road. On the Herald’s Facebook page Monday, Kay Preece Benjamin, of Copperas Cove, said “Looks good and no more pot holes.”
In other Killeen road construction this week, the city announced closures on Roy Reynolds Drive, between addresses 511 and 805. The closures will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily until Friday in order to remove and replace damaged asphalt. Traffic will be rerouted, and “motorists should exercise caution while in the area and plan alternate routes,” officials said.
Through Thursday, from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.
- Eastbound and westbound left lanes from W.S. Young Drive in Killeen to Farm-to-Market 2410 in Harker Heights will be closed to relocate concrete barriers and for paving.
Westbound right lane and shoulder from FM 2410 in Harker Heights to FM 2410 in Belton will be closed as crews take roadway core samples.