Copperas Cove: Residents sound off on Highway 190 project

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COPPERAS COVE, Texas (KWTX) Copperas Cove residents got a chance to sound off Monday at the second of two Texas Department of Transportation meetings on improvements on U.S. Highway 190 between Constitution Road and Avenue D.

The project includes the construction of a concrete median between the eastbound and westbound lanes.

John Lister has operated a business along Highway 190 for seven years and he isn’t too happy about the proposed changes.

“We are going to lose the middle part were people can come in and turn around,” business owner, Lister said.

“We have a lot of people coming in from Killeen and they are able to turn in and make a turn directly into our office. Same thing when they leave here to go to places like Lampasas they have to cross to get over there.”

Other residents had similar concerns.

“From looking at the sketches it's going to create a problem with truck drivers going in and out of our business. A lot of routes that I go to --- I'm going to have to drive to more neighborhoods and I believe it's going to be a problem for traffic,” business owner, Jason Manning said.

But not everyone who attended the public forum is against the changes.

“I do believe that this project will make Business 190 a safer road to travel on once medians are in place. Drivers will not be able to use the middle turn as a regular travel lane which we happen to see so often,” Sylvia Rhodes said.

The proposed changes also include a sidewalk and a bicycle lane.

The public can still submit their written comments by Feb. 27.

The project is expected to be completed by the summer of 2021.