Fort Hood, TX — A ceremonial groundbreaking took place this morning right by State Highway 190 and the main gate of Fort Hood.
A construction project is in the works to alleviate rush hour traffic between Fort Hood commuters and the regular travelers of 190.
The Texas Department of Transportation, officials from Fort Hood and Killeen city leaders joined each other today in announcing a two year, $55 million transportation project.
The project aims to expand highway 190 from four lanes to six lanes for six miles, as well as the building of independent frontage roads for commuting soldiers.
Col. Matt Ellidge of Fort Hood said the early morning and late afternoon traffic coming in and out of Fort Hood can be unbearable.
“It’s bad compared to the Central Texas Area," said Elledge. "It’s stop and go when soldiers are trying to get to the gate and then the exact opposite when we try to leave at the end of the day. So, this expansion will really alleviate a lot of that traffic or we hope it will.”
The population of Killeen has risen almost fifty percent in the last decade.
Add the commuters from Fort Hood and you can see why roadway expansion is necessary.
“Without a doubt, Killeen and Fort Hood are the same," said Scott Caspor of the Killeen Temple Mobility Planning Organization. "We (Killeen) are the support system for them and they are the lifeline for us and neither of us will exist well without the other. The cohesive collaboration between the two amenities is what makes Fort Hood and Killeen the great place that it is.”
Elledge also thanked the decision makers involved.
“This is just another example of the great partnerships we have here in Central Texas and the great support we get from all our partners out there. We can’t thank them enough for helping push this through," said Elledge.
Construction starts March 1, 2013.
The project should be completed by the fall of 2015.