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.

kyleb@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7567

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Alvin
Alvin

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Now I don't understand 'why' Killeen gets funds for a project that was started back in 2008, and it's stated that 'the city council had visions of a project that had undergone a name change, as of January 26, 2017' to I-14'. That's pretty good envisioning if I can and do say so.
Why is Killeen taking credit for a project that is entirely within the city boundaries of Harker Heights??? The project that 'raised the highway over the 190 is in the realm of Harker Heights, not the city of Killeen. And it states that ' the U.S. Highway 190/Farm-to-Market 2410 improvement project ', and claims, 'state reimbursement payments as part of the pass-through financing agreement between TxDOT and Killeen.' Why is it not a part of Harker Heights control and jurisdiction?
Copy: “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.' End of copy.
You mean to tell me that the city council of 2008 'had a vision of this stretch of the road having a name change from it's present designation to one of Interstate ( I-14) back in the year 2008 when they, the city council nor the planning department can't seem to complete a 1 year analysis and bidget. I really don't think so, that this city council, and planning department, 'had a vision' of this all coming together back in 2008??? I really have my doubts. This council and this planning department can 'claim' that 'they had this vision', but in reality the name of designating a 20 mile stretch of the road from Copperas Cove to the I-35 interchange only come into the light approximately 6 to 9 months ago, not back in 2008.
So 'why is Killeen claiming credit for a construction effort within the boundaries of Harker Heights?
Copy: '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.' End of copy.
Copy: 'The $88.6 million widening project was undertaken to meet engineering specifications that led to the highway’s designation Jan. 26 as Interstate 14.' End of copy
Now this has a different 'ring to it', this is an all encompassing project that is the overpass and the roadway it's self'.
Once again I believe that the city council and the planning department are grasping for straws and trying to claim credit where credit is not due.
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