As construction along U.S. Highway 190 progresses, workers are having to add concrete barriers to areas along Central Texas Expressway to complete bridge work.

With traffic expected to increase along U.S. Highway 190 and its frontage road from 89,400 vehicles per day to 211,600 over the next two decades, U.S. 190 is being widened to six lanes from Farm-to-Market 2410 in Harker Heights to the Fort Hood main gate to meet future needs.

Ken Roberts, Texas Department of Transportation spokesman, said the access road is being “adjusted a little” in some places, but the primary work is being done toward the center of the highway.

“Where you’re starting to see barriers along Central Texas Expressway is more between Stan Schlueter Loop and (FM) 2410,” he said. “Most of that is not for work that’s taking place on the frontage roads, per say, but particularly where we have to do work at the bridges.”

The U.S. 190 bridges cross over East Stan Schlueter Loop, South W.S. Young Drive, West Trimmier Road, Jasper Road and South Fort Hood Street.

Roberts said some widening to the frontage road may have to be done in some of those locations, but for the most part Central Texas Expressway will remain unchanged.

Several different projects play a role in the effort to widen U.S. 190 and increase mobility and access to Fort Hood.

U.S. 190 is being expanded to the center with crews building bridges and creating additional travel lanes from FM 2410 to the Fort Hood main gate.

Another component to the project is the city of Killeen’s Rosewood extension project. Rosewood, which previously ran from south of Stagecoach Road to a dead-end near Fawn Drive, will become a major north-south artery through the city. The thoroughfare is being extended to run under the U.S. 190 overpass to meet FM 2410, just west of the Killeen-Harker Heights city limit.

Construction is expected to be completed during summer 2015.

Contact Natalie Stewart at nstewart@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7555

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