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Killeen council set to vote on reducing speed limit in zones

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Posted: Monday, April 7, 2014 11:45 pm

The Killeen City Council is set to vote tonight on a request from the police department to reduce the speed limit through construction zones by 5 mph.

The council was presented the request to lower the speed limit along U.S. Highway 190 and its frontage road last week at a workshop meeting.

George Lueck, the city’s transportation engineer, said if the request is granted, the city will notify the public before it’s implemented.

The measure will remain in place throughout the construction, which is expected to be completed in summer 2015.

Projects under construction along the highway include the widening of U.S. 190 from the Fort Hood main gate to Farm-to-Market 2410. FM 2410 also is being widened and Rosewood Drive is being extended to meet East Central Texas Expressway.

Ken Roberts, spokesman for the Texas Department of Transportation, said the city’s efforts to reduce the speed limit will increase safety, not only for workers along the corridor, but also for the more than 100,000 motorists who travel it daily.

“When there is that much construction and you look at the amount of traffic that we see on U.S. 190 in that area on a daily basis, safety is a critical factor,” he said.

According to city documents, a study of the traffic flow along the U.S. 190 corridor showed “the speeds need to be dropped.”

The Texas Transportation Code grants a city’s governing body the authority to reduce the speed limit following a traffic study on a marked highway when a portion of the highway is under repair, construction or maintenance.

The meeting starts at 5 p.m. today in the Council Chambers, 101 N. College St.

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