By Audrey Spencer

Killeen Daily Herald

LAMPASAS ­- Repairs and improvements on U.S. Highway 183 are on schedule and should be completed by next August.

Erik Lykins, area engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation in Brownwood, said at 159 days into construction as of Thursday, operations are running smoothly and the project is about 43 percent complete.

"We got utilities in and moved at the south end of the project this week," Lykins said.

The $7 million, mile-long project was phased so crews can work on one side of the highway at a time, starting with the eastbound side, which is complete from Sulphur Creek to near North Avenue. Traffic was redirected on Sept. 8 so crews could begin work on the west side. Lykins said paving should begin on the west side in a couple of weeks.

The project includes a new sewer system.

"There was no existing storm sewer system in place on Key Avenue, so we're adding one to catch water and take it to Sulphur Creek and Burleson Creek," Lykins said. "That's where the water went anyway, but this alleviates drainage issues on Key Avenue."

While the current drought negatively impacts most things, it helps road construction projects, such as U.S. 183.

"There's no rain delay to slow down construction," Lykins said. "When you have everything excavated and pavement off the road, the rain saturates the soil and you have to let it dry out before you continue."

For updates on projects and conditions of roadways in Lampasas and surrounding counties, including the work on Highway 183, go to

Contact Audrey Spencer at or (254) 501-7476.

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