Copperas Cove is moving onto the next phase of their downtown revitalization project.
'We hope to make the area a little safer for our citizens and easier for them to move throughout the community and the downtown area here," Public Information Officer for Copperas Cove, Kevin Keller said.
Copperas Cove is putting just over 1 million dollars into the streets of downtown, but thanks to TxDOT the city is only paying for 20 percent of that.
The Texas Department of Transportation has agreed to put on $700,479 while the city of Copperas cove is covering the rest.
The changes to downtown include ADA compliant sidewalks, new benches and an overall "beautification" of the area.
Motorists will be dealing with construction zones for the next few months including the areas of:
- Avenue D, between 1st Street and Main Street
- Avenue D, between Main Street and 2nd Street
- Avenue D, between 3rd Street and 1st Street
Currently the city is in phase one of construction meaning they are temporarily closing the eastbound lane of traffic on Avenue D, between 1st Street and Main Street. This closure is expected to last through early June.
The city has provided a detour route as follows:
- Motorists traveling east on Avenue D must either turn north or south onto 1st Street
- Motorists traveling north or south on 1st Street will not be permitted to turn east onto Avenue D
"The hope is to provide safety, but at the end of the day we hope it will bring some more businesses into the downtown area. Everyone wants to work in a beautiful work space and if we can provide that development downtown it would be great," Keller added.
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