Commuters can expect to see a 5 mph drop in the speed limit through construction zones in Killeen in the near future.
During its regular meeting Tuesday, the Killeen City Council approved the police department’s request to drop the speed limit through construction zones along U.S. Highway 190 and its frontage road.
“We’re trying to make it safer,” George Lueck, the city’s transportation director, told the council.
The city and the Texas Department of Transportation have three major construction projects that are ongoing. TxDOT is widening U.S. 190 from the Fort Hood main gate to W.S. Young Drive and from W.S. Young Drive to the Harker Heights city limit. The city is widening and extending Rosewood Drive to meet Central Texas Expressway.
Lueck said that based on an analysis of the existing traffic control plan and the project’s progression, a reduction in the speed limit will make the area “much safer” for motorists and construction workers.
Lueck said the city will notify the public before the changes take effect.
The adjusted speed limits will remain in place until the projects are completed in summer 2015.
The Texas Transportation Code gives a city’s governing body the authority to reduce the speed limit once a traffic study is completed when a portion of a marker highway is under repair, construction or maintenance.
The speed limit will drop from 35 mph to 30 mph on eastbound Central Texas Expressway for 1.81 miles from just west of the Willow Springs bridge to just east of the Jasper Road bridge, and for 0.8 miles on westbound Central Texas Expressway from just east of Trimmier Road to just west of Dubroc Drive.
On eastbound Central Texas Expressway for 0.61 miles from just east of the Jasper Road bridge to Trimmier Road and for 1.65 miles from W.S. Young Drive to Courtney Lane, the speed limit will drop from 45 mph to 40 mph.
The speed limit will be reduced from 45 mph to 40 mph on westbound Central Texas Expressway for 0.75 miles from W.S. Young Drive to just east of Trimmier Road and for 1.64 miles from just west of Dubroc Drive to just west of the Willow Springs bridge.
The speed limit is being reduced from 60 mph to 55 mph for 1.65 miles in both directions on U.S. 190. The stretch of highway runs between W.S. Young Drive and Courtney Lane.