HARKER HEIGHTS — The City Council adopted an element of the city’s thoroughfare plan Tuesday that will pave the way for future roadways and make navigating the city easier.
“Mobility 2030 is an important tool that helps the city of Harker Heights take the steps necessary to improve our overall transportation network and recognize important alternative modes of transportation,” said Fred Morris, Harker Heights’ planning and development director. “We are also recognizing in this Mobility 2030 document, that movement of people is not just about streets, but also sidewalks and trails and transit systems that we need to take into account in this update.”
The plan focuses on the current roadway infrastructure and possible future streets and major intersections to help improve access to other thoroughfares and city designations, Morris said. Drafted into the proposed plan are suggested changes to current roadways.
Turning the Stillhouse Lake Road end of Cedar Knob Road into a cul-de-sac and realigning the street to connect with the Tuscany Meadows’ entrance — Vineyard Trail — is one such possible change. Connecting Rosewood Drive to Chaparral Road and straightening Chaparral with Stillhouse Lake Road is another.
The proposed plan also outlines more possible thoroughfares connecting U.S. Highway 190 to Farm-to-Market 2410 to include a potential Warrior’s Path extension to U.S. 190 in Nolanville and improvements to FM 439 Spur throughout Bell County, among others.
The city’s previous thoroughfare plan was approved in 2007. The update is structured to allow additional studies and updates, to include sidewalk plans, off-street hike and bike trail network plans, on-street striping plans for biking and pedestrians and transit planning coordinated with Hill County Transit, as the plan evolves.
“I think it’s a good start; gets something on the ground and gives it framework,” Mayor Rob Robinson said.
Read more about the Harker Heights City Council in Friday’s Harker Heights Herald.