More improvements are coming to Killeen, according to the city’s “CIP” (capital improvements program), which I found here (9.6MB, pdf).
Several will affect us here on the south edge of the city, initially with construction frustration and eventually with improved infrastructure:
- Featherline (north-south road right next to our neighborhood, to the police headquarters) will be widened from a narrow, two-lane country road to a five-lane (+bike lanes & sidewalks) from Stagecoach to Chaparral. This will be a huge improvement to our daily travel, especially combined with the coming Chaparral improvement listed below.
- Chaparral (the closest east-west road to the south of us) will be widened to a divided four-lane avenue, with additional bike lanes and sidewalks on both sides. It is currently a narrow two-lane country road without curbs or shoulders, like Stagecoach used to be.
- Cunningham (one of our north-south routes) will be widened at the part where it’s still narrow, to a three-lane (+bike lanes & sidewalks) road, and then extended to connect with US190, giving us another excellent route to the highway — where we find most shopping and dining.
- Trimmier (one of our major north-south routes) will be widened on its southern end, from Stagecoach to Chaparral, into a five-lane road (+bike lanes & sidewalks), where it is now a winding, narrow, two-lane country road.
- East Trimmier (nowhere near Trimmier Road, but close to us) is expected to be widened as well, from Stagecoach to Chaparral, into a five-lane (+bike lanes & sidewalks). It is currently a narrow, two-lane country road. This would help connect us to the southern edge of Harker Heights, including my wife’s church and some shopping.
- Rosewood Drive, which has already been extended north to connect to US190, will now be extended southward to connect to Chaparral, providing a dependable north-south route on the eastern edge of the city. This affects us much less than the others listed here, but will still provide an outlet for traffic, thus reducing congestion elsewhere.
- Stan Schlueter Loop (currently our most-used east-west route) will be extended from Clear Creek Road all the way west to Copperas Cove, connecting to the new US190 Bypass there. It’s planned to be a five-lane (+bike lane) extension, roughly on the route of “Old Copperas Cove Road”, which has been gated off since we moved to Killeen.
- Reconfiguring the mall’s intersection on W.S. Young, with a new traffic light arrangement, is hoped to reduce congestion in that area, which is often the worst congestion in the city.
These are all listed as “high priority” projects. The document I linked to also contains plenty of medium- and low-priority projects.
Keep in mind that we only plan to stay in this house until it’s paid off, or shortly thereafter, which we estimate to be about five years. That means, in all likelihood, that we’ll be ready to sell just as most of these projects are completing around us. Hopefully, it will mean higher property values in this area at that time.