Drilled shafts for bridge supports for a 1,200-foot valley bridge is shown on a stretch of the U.S. Highway 190 Southeast Bypass Project Tuesday during a tour of the construction site.

From staff reports

Officials Tuesday celebrated the construction of the new U.S. Highway 190 around Copperas Cove.

Numerous area officials and Copperas Cove and Coryell County residents gathered near the corner of U.S. 190 and Farm-to-Market 2657 to speak about the long-awaited project and to hold a ceremonial ground-breaking for the project that started in July.

“I can’t tell you how many times that I thought we had it and we didn’t have it,” Copperas Cove Mayor John Hull said as the second of about 12 speakers at the event. “I hope we get this finished in record time.”

The $42 million project will build two lanes for traffic for a nearly six-mile, controlled access highway. It will start just east of Constitution Drive in Copperas Cove and end west of FM 2657. It will leave space for a two additional lanes to be built later and it will take the U.S. 190 name. The current U.S. 190 will become Business Loop 190.