Killeen: Residents urged to avoid using Heritage Oaks trail

KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) Residents in the city of Killeen are being asked to avoid using the Heritage Oaks trail while it undergoes construction.

According to city officials, there is machinery on the trail that could be dangerous. Currently, there is also no lighting.

Runners near the trail have noticed the construction.

"I've seen, you know, they're cutting down some of the trees and clearing out dirt trails to move equipment with," Rebbeckah Reagan said.

Adding lights to the trail is something runners say they need.

"That would be pretty awesome. I'm sure a lot of people out here everyday that we see walking will feel safer with lights, especially as it starts to get darker."

Enrique Ureta, a Fort Hood soldier, also agrees.

"That would be great because you can come out here at night. There will be a lot of visibility and lighting which means there won't be dark spots," he said.

When construction is finished, officials say there will be benches and other amenities along the nearly 3.5 mile trail. It will also connect to Purser Family Park in Harker Heights.

The project is expected to be completed in 2020.