KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) Killeen City Council members have unanimously approved a resolution to assist in funding an expansion of Chaparral Road.
The city will contribute $3.5 million toward the $24 million project.
The road will be one of the main entrances of the Killeen ISD’s new high school once it opens in the fall of 2022.
The city now joins Bell County, the Killeen ISD, and Harker Heights in expanding the road from a two to five lanes, paving the way for better traffic flow through the area.
But after a recent accident on that road, which left no one injured and damaged a district school bus, residents are now concerned about the safety of the road when construction gets underway.
Killeen Mayor Jose Segarra says he hears the public’s concerns, and that the city and the district will be addressing those concerns with speed zones and extra traffic lights.
“Safety is always our number one concern,” he said, “especially when you have kids, students and high schoolers that’re going there and some of them drive.”
Killeen ISD Superintendent John Craft insists the expansion of the road is desperately needed for the new high school.
“It’s a joint effort,” he said.
“We have to work together to provide the supporting infrastructure, the facilities, and the services that our community expects.”
The bulk of the Chaparral Road money, $13.8 million requested through the Killeen-Temple Metropolitan Planning Organization, has not been approved yet.
Killeen ISD will spend $1.7 million in bond money on the section of the road in front of the new high school.