COPPERAS COVE — Ten to 15 residents attended the first of five Killeen Temple Metropolitan Planning Organization public workshops that will help create the area’s future transportation needs.

While KTMPO wanted a larger audience, those who did attend were informed and concerned about the greater Killeen-Fort Hood area’s transportation needs, said KTMPO Director Annette Shepherd.

“People actually came in and didn’t just take our survey,” she said. “Everyone came and walked through every station.”

The planning organization, which is a transportation management area, is responsible for creating and prioritizing the transportation projects on a metropolitan scale. Its coverage stretches across Bell County, the southern portion of Coryell County and the eastern portion of Lampasas County, including Copperas Cove and Kempner.

KTMPO is conducting public workshops to garner opinions about traffic congestion, air quality control, public transit, hike-and-bike trail systems and aviation. The input will help draft a four-year plan required by the federal government.

Copperas Cove resident and Fort Hood soldier Sgt. 1st Class Mike Sherman was glad to share his concerns, he said.

“Me being able to contribute is a lot better than them just sending a team out to decide, because we know the area a little bit more intimately,” Sherman said.

Traffic congestion was one of his concerns as he sits on U.S. Highway 190 during Fort Hood rush hours.

“I complain about the traffic and the congestion, because I hit it all the time,” he said.

KTMPO wants to hear from people like Sherman, said Jason Deckman, who is a geographic information systems analyst for the organization.

Deckman ran a booth that encouraged people to put stickers on maps to mark congested and unsafe areas they travel.

Most of the Copperas Cove residents included Fort Hood’s main gate and where U.S. 190 meets the construction for the south bypass and State Highway 9, he said. Those locations will probably change as the organization conducts workshops in Temple, Belton, Killeen and Harker Heights later this month.

Shepherd hopes more people turn out for those meetings.

“We need to keep defining what transportation should look like and redefine it that in our four-year plans.”

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

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The only way I see possible for the Killeen/Ft. Hood traffic (even after the addition of more lanes on 190) is for Ft. Hood put the units on alternate schedules. It is time to change the way soldiers work just like they change the way soldiers fight. Everyone is trying to get on and off post at the same time. My suggestion for Ft. Hood would be Unit A PT at 0630, Work Call 0900 and COB 1700. Unit B PT at 1000, Work Call 1230 and COB at 2030. Unit C PT at PT at 1430, Work Call at 1700 and COB at 0200. I know this is not perfect but the point is not to have 20 or 30 or 40,000 people trying to get to and from the same place at the same time. It might be a good idea to put some units on different work days i.e.... Unit A work Mon- Fri, Unit B work Wed-Sun and Unit C work Fri-Tues. It is not perfect the point is to lessen some of the congestion. Civilian's schedule probably won't change much, but the way it is now short of making 190 6 lanes or more on each side all the way to 35 and widening Clear Creek, Trimmier, WS Young, Racier, and Bus 190 to at least 3 lanes each way, the congestion will not go a way. One more thing is to encourage the use of mass transit with park & ride or car pooling.

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