By Mason W. Canales
Killeen Daily Herald
HARKER HEIGHTS - The City Council reduced the speed limit from 60 to 50 miles per hour along a portion of Stillhouse Lake Road on Tuesday.
The 50 mph zone on Stillhouse Lake Road will extend from Prospector Trail to an entrance of the Skipcha 23 Subdivision, Halona Drive. South of the entrance, the speed limit will remain at 60 mph.
"This was based on a traffic study we asked Texas Department of Transportation to perform," Public Works Director Mark Hyde said in presenting the issue to the council. "The reduction of speed would be to 50."
Councilman Rob Robinson asked Hyde why the reduction was not suggested for a longer distance down Stillhouse Lake Road to include the housing area off of Fuller Lane.
TxDOT performs a traffic study by taking the average speed vehicles travel down a roadway, and studies results suggested the speed to be higher than what is posted along the latter portions of Stillhouse Lake Road, Hyde said.
The city requested the study five years ago, Councilman Pat Christ said before asking why it took so long.
Robinson reminded Christ that about two years ago TxDOT conducted a study that was in favor of lowering the speed limit from Farm-to-Market 2410 to Prospector Trail.
The council also:
Awarded a contract for the Roy Reynolds Drive and Business 190 Intersection improvements project to TTG Utilities for about $18,000.
Received a presentation from a city business owner regarding displaying items for sale outside the business' building.
Conducted a closed meeting with the city attorney regarding commercial or financial information the council received from a business prospect the governmental body seeks to have in or near the general area of U.S. Highway 190 between Rosewood Retirement Center and The Shops at Modoc.
Conducted a closed meeting with the city attorney regarding commercial or financial information the council received from a business prospect that the governmental body seeks to have in or near the general area of FM 2410 and Verna Lee Boulevard.
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