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Posted: Monday, March 31, 2014 10:47 pm

Motorists traveling along U.S. Highway 190 and the U.S. 190 frontage roads may soon notice a drop in speed limits through construction zones.

The Killeen Police Department is requesting the City Council amend its ordinance that establishes speed limits in the city to accommodate construction zones along U.S. 190.

According to city documents, a transportation engineer for the city observed traffic flow along the U.S. 190 corridor and determined “the speeds needed to be dropped” along sections of the roadway.

The documents stated that, if approved by the council, the reduced speed limits will be in effect for the duration of the construction “in the interest of public safety.”

The police department is requesting the speed limit be reduced 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.

The department is requesting the speed limit be dropped from 45 mph to 40 mph 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 police department is proposing the speed limit 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 police department also is requesting the speed limit be lowered 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.

According to the Texas Transportation Code, a city’s governing body has the authority to reduce the speed limit after conducting an engineering and traffic study on a marked highway when a portion of the highway is under repair, construction or maintenance.

Roadway projects currently under construction are the widening of U.S. 190 from the Fort Hood main gate to W.S. Young Drive and from W.S. Young Drive to Farm-to-Market 2410.

Farm-to-Market 2410 also is being widened and Rosewood Drive is being extended to meet East Central Texas Expressway.

Construction is expected to be completed in summer 2015.

The council will be presented with the request at 5 p.m. today during its workshop meeting in the Utility Collections conference room, 210 W. Avenue C.

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  • KA2014 posted at 11:39 pm on Tue, Apr 1, 2014.

    KA2014 Posts: 3

    They need to be patrolling the school zones! It never fails, every single time I am driving through a school zone and the lights are blinking to inform drivers to obey the posted speed limit in the school zone, there is always someone zooming right on by going at least the normal speed or even above the speed limit and just totally ignoring the 'active' school zone's speed limit! These are children's lives that are potentially at risk! Yes, the driver would be the responsible one in the event there would be an accident, It is the police officer's DUTY and PURPOSE of their job to ensure the safety of others and to reprimand and punish the ones that are breaking the law, ESPECIALLY when it does have the potential of putting other lives in danger. It makes me angry to see that less than a mile down the road, there are two patrol cars parked side by side in a parking lot while the officers are chatting. They need to be doing their job and cracking down on these people that can't slow down, be cautious and obey the law while driving in an 'active' school zone! Nice to know our tax dollars are paying for such officers to sit roadside and chat!

  • KDDC posted at 12:51 pm on Tue, Apr 1, 2014.

    KDDC Posts: 1

    Why bother lowering the speed limits in the construction zones? Drivers don't obey the ones we have now.

  • Eliza posted at 5:27 am on Tue, Apr 1, 2014.

    Eliza Posts: 1093

    I believe something needs to be done---Since some drivers just don't have the common sense, to know to slow down when they are in a congested construction area.


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