Killeen: Improvements to a busy county road discussed at public forum

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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) Killeen City Councilwoman Debbie Nash-King hosted a meeting Monday night on the city's growth during which a number of topics were discussed including transportation.

"The purpose of tonight is to educate our community about all the resources we have in Bell County and the city of Killeen," Nash-King said..

One of the speakers at the event was Pct. 2 Bell County Commissioner Bobby Whitson, who brought up the topic of transportation.

At the top of the county's priority list, Chaparral Road.

"As that whole area continues to develop the road is taking on so much more traffic than it was ever intended to do," says Whitson.

For the first time ever the four entities of Killeen, Harker Heights, Killeen ISD, and Bell County are working together to get the funding needed to widen the road to a proposed five lanes.

"The four entities are coming together to try and pull all of our resources to get that road built sooner," says Whitson.

He also added that the plan is in it's early stages.

A memorandum of understanding with the cities and school district was reached last week.

Nash-King is excited for this project but also says more dollars need to go towards north Killeen as well as south.

"Our north side is just as important as the south side," says Nash-King.

"We are a city of one, we need to refocus our attention back on the north side of the city and make sure they are getting the proper infrastructure."

She went on to say more meetings like these will be held.

"Every month I will be conducting a community forum like this, so the community can stay informed."