Betty Price, Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce president, places a sticker on a map of the Killeen Temple Metropolitan Planning Organization where she believes traffic is most congested.

Killeen Temple Metropolitan Planning Organization is satisfied with the results of several long-range planning workshops it conducted with residents in May.

“We received comments at each of the workshops and then we received comments via the website,” said Mark Collier, a senior regional planner with the transportation management area. “I know that (the Texas Department of Transportation) was real happy with our responses. We had more than 50 attendees at the different workshops total.”

Collier said the workshops garnered more public input than other transportation management planning organizations, which was a good sign.

During the forums with residents, KTMPO questioned residents on a variety of topics pertaining to mobility in its coverage area, which includes all of Bell County and portions of Coryell and Lampasas counties, including Copperas Cove and Kempner.

Residents in attendance gave opinions about traffic congestion, air quality control, public transit, hike-and-bike trail systems and aviation. The input will help officials draft a 25-year plan that will be updated as required by the federal government.

The workshops were held in Copperas Cove, Killeen, Harker Heights, Belton and Temple.

While the KTMPO staff hasn’t officially released any results about the plan to its policy board, the workshops’ findings will be released and included throughout several policy board meetings, Collier said.

“Right now we are working on the (traffic) congestion plan; we will take comments again on that, then we will be moving on the next point,” Collier said.

At some point between now and January, KTMPO’s policy and technical boards will look at projects municipalities want to place into the 25-year plan, and the policy board will review those projects and rank them based on perceived need, Collier said.

Contact Mason W. Canales at ​ or (254) 501-7474

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Do not hand over tax dollars for 9th Avenue in Belton Texas. Use the money where it is badly needed. 9th Ave bridge in Belton is for university of Mary Hardin Baylor football stadium. State and federal funds have been denied over half dozen times. The majority of people said "NO" and the area neighbors beside UMHB do not want their lives disrupted further.

According to a traffic study by Lee Engineering, LLC in Dallas TX, the bridge “will primarily serve university traffic” have minimal regional use and not attract significant diversion traffic from FM 93 to the south or Sparta Road to the north
(Temple Daily 11-7-12)

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