KILLEEN (April 5, 2013) --- Drivers in Killeen will see a lot of roadwork for the next three years as a major highway gets a makeover.
Ground was broken Friday for a third U.S. Highway 190 construction project that will involve widening the highway to six lanes from Stan Schlueter Loop to FM 2410.
The construction will overlap with two other expansion projects on the road near W.S Young all the way to the Fort Hood Main Gate.
Also in the works is an overpass at Rosewood Drive, which is also getting extended.
FM 2410 will be expanded to five lanes all the way to Roy Reynolds Drive and because of all this work, officials say that in three years Highway 190 through Killeen will be completely transformed.
"Because we have in some areas up to over 100,000 traffic counts a day on US 190 there's actually certain areas of US 190 that we have higher traffic volumes than we do on IH-35," Killeen Transportation Director George Lueck said.
The Hwy 190/Rosewood Drive Overpass project will cost about $32 million.
The city will pay for it up front and the Texas Department of Transportation will later reimburse Killeen through the Pass-Through Financing Program.
Projects along Highway 190 aren't the only ones in Killeen that are underway.
A multi-million dollar construction project is creating an overpass at Stagecoach Road on State Highway 195, and the city has started taking bids for the second phase of construction on Stagecoach Road.
Construction on that phase is set to begin within the year.
Downtown Killeen is also getting a makeover with a revitalization effort that kicked off last year.
City officials said currently all the projects going on total just less than $100 million.