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.