The Texas Department of Transportation acknowledged the completion of the U.S. Highway 190/Farm-to-Market 2410 improvement project Wednesday, according to a news release Friday.
The department’s decision shifts maintenance responsibility to the state and continues state reimbursement payments as part of the pass-through financing agreement between TxDOT and Killeen.
“City Council and staff had a vision of this project in 2008 and construction began in 2013,” Public Works Director David Olson said in the release.
“It is a proud day for all of us at the City of Killeen to see years of hard work come to fruition. This project has helped improve daily commutes for our citizens and helped alleviate congestion in heavily traveled areas.”
The project raised the highway over the Rosewood Drive intersection, connected Rosewood Drive under the highway and widened FM 2410 from Stan Schlueter Loop to the Harker Heights city limit. Total construction cost for the project was $23.03 million, according to the city.
TxDOT’s Pass-Through Finance Program is designed to deliver transportation improvements to the Central Texas region.
The program allowed the city to fund the project in advance with the state taking over maintenance and reimbursing some of the cost upon completion, according to the city and the TxDOT website.
This funding mechanism also was used for the State Highway 195/State Highway 201 project, which was completed in 2013.
The Rosewood Drive project was part of a larger U.S. Highway 190 widening project from the Fort Hood main gate to Harker Heights.
The $88.6 million widening project was undertaken to meet engineering specifications that led to the highway’s designation Jan. 26 as Interstate 14.