The downtown Killeen streetscape project is inching closer toward completion as crews pour asphalt on the streets and plan the final touches.
The project, which began in August 2012, is a city initiative to replace sidewalks, revamp streets, add landscaping, lighting, plazas and decorative crosswalks in an effort to attract residents, visitors and businesses to the area.
Charlotte Humphreys, downtown project manager, said crews began pouring asphalt on Avenue D and Avenue B between Fourth and Eighth streets last week.
The $5.4 million project is on track to be complete after the first of the year.
“Crews are touching up and striping the new roadways, and on-street parking downtown will be restored within the next few days,” she said. “Landscaping and the final touches will take place early next year.”
Humphreys said a grand opening event will likely take place sometime in the spring, but once the project is complete, it will be “event central.”
“The historic core of downtown Killeen is going to be event central, and it’s where the revitalization project is really underway,” she said. “The city will be ready to celebrate the success of the project in the spring with a grand opening event, and many events to come can be expected.”
The project also includes a paved connector to the Andy K. Wells Hike and Bike Trail.
Humphreys said the city has seen a “significant increase” in the number of businesses taking advantage of its grant program for businesses to improve their facades to enhance their overall appearance.
Killeen’s planning and development services department is offering funds as a subsidy, with the city funding 80 percent, up to $10,000, and the business funding 20 percent of the face-lift.
Humphreys said additional streetscaping projects will come as funding is identified.