Killeen is preparing to move forward with another phase of a regional hike and bike trail.

The third and newest portion will connect the northeast portion of the city to the southern portion.

The Killeen City Council approved a budget amendment to the city’s general fund Tuesday to establish $14,555 in preliminary funding to cover the Texas Department of Transportation’s design review costs for segment three of the Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Trail. The preliminary funding is associated with an advanced funding agreement between the city and TxDOT.

Scott Osburn, Killeen’s public works director, said entering into the advanced funding agreement with TxDOT was the first step in the third segment of the project.

He said the agreement is necessary for the city to accept a $1.4 million grant awarded by TxDOT.

The regional trail is being constructed in five segments. Segment three is a 1.35-mile stretch spanning from Watercrest Road to West Elms Road, Osburn said. The entire trail will be 9.2 miles long once complete, and will connect the existing Andy K. Wells Hike and Bike Trail to the Texas A&M University-Central Texas campus.

Osburn said the total cost of segment three is about $2.2 million. The city will fund $14,555 in TxDOT administrative review costs, $316,000 in design costs and $470,166 in construction costs.

Osburn said city staff estimates the project will be advertised for bid in January and completed in January 2016. He said there is no projected completion date or estimated cost for the remaining segments of the trail.

Contact Natalie Stewart at or 254-501-7555

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