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After being under review for nearly two months, the results of a road survey are set to be released and discussed by the Killeen City Council at Tuesday’s workshop meeting.

In May of 2019, the Killeen City Council voted unanimously to hire Columbus, Ohio-based firm Transmap to determine the overall condition of roads in the city and provide a five-year maintenance strategy.

According to the study, the city of Killeen has 539 miles of paved roadways with a total replacement value of $840.4 million.

Transmap surveys streets using enhanced imaging equipment and assigns a Pavement Condition Index (PCI), which ranges on a scale of zero to 100; the higher the number, the better the road condition.

The assessment, which is attached to the workshop agenda online, shows that the average PCI for all roads in the city of Killeen is 76.

The total maintenance needs are $41.7 million, and the estimated reconstruction needs are $120 million.

Transmap did a survey in 2013. The average PCI in 2013 was 84, and the maintenance needs and estimated reconstruction needs were $16.7 million and $20 million, respectively.

Also at the workshop, the council will discuss the retirement system analysis and receive the annual report from the Animal Advisory Committee.

Tuesday’s workshop meeting will be at 5 p.m. inside the council chambers in City Hall, 101 N. College St., Killeen.

For those unable to attend the meeting in person, it will be web streamed live and archived for playback on the City’s website, KilleenTexas.gov. It will also be broadcast live on Spectrum Cable Channel 10.

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Alvin

Well it seems as we have a complexity in 'what we are going to do to our roads that are in disrepair because we have not for the last 6 or 7 years been addressing the need and it shows.

Copy: 'The total maintenance needs are $41.7 million, and the estimated reconstruction needs are $120 million'.

Continuation of copy: 'Transmap did a survey in 2013. The average PCI in 2013 was 84, and the maintenance needs and estimated reconstruction needs were $16.7 million and $20 million, respectively'. End of copy.

I think these two sentences give an adequate representation of just what is going on on our roads, IE: they are slowly falling to pieces going from an 84 in 2013 to a current 76 and the maintenance, $16.7 and $20 million reconstruction cost has risen to a current estimate of $41.7 million. And now we are paying $1.70 per month for a maintenance road FEE.

Now are we going to sit still while the city council completely lets our roadway completely disintegrates, all the while we are allowing this FEE allocation to continue and the city does nothing.

I say that we are to 'take the bull by the horns' and tell the council that we want to put into order the structure that we need to once again reinstate a program that will once again keep our city streets in a good working condition, that if that is not possible then either reintroduce Impact Fees to offset the cost of streets, curbs, gutters, sewers, and water piping to all of the new homes that will be built or if that doesn't fly then stop the construction of every new home that is to be built and connected to the city of Killeen, Texas. It has reached the point that this city is crumbling down around us and for instance the estimated cost to complete the road maintenance and reconstruction was $1.7 to $20 million in 2013 and now, even with our contributory $1,70/month attached to our water bill has risen to $41.7 million and continues to climb the longer we neglect it. So I think it is high time that the city council 'bits the bullet so that it can be taken care of. If the City does not take any action on instituting the Impact FEE but instead cancels the introduction of a moratorium on all new housing, then with the cancellation of new housing that will be built and tied in to the water and sewer transmission lines, then it will cause the cancellation of the elevated water storage tank and subsequent projects and that will cause the $22 million dollar multiple projects to cease thus this will enable the Water and Sewer Department to put a hold on these and other relevant projects.

Then and only then can the City of Killeen, Texas develop a successful project loading that will ensure the city of Killeen, Texas to move forward and get out of this quagmire they are currently in.

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