FORT HOOD, Texas – Progress is being made on the multiple construction projects currently going on here at the Great Place.
Michelle Lenis, the branch chief of the Management and Outside Oversight Team within the Engineering Division of the Directorate of Public Works, joined the hosts of Fort Hood’s Great Big Podcast to give an update on the current projects and talk about some new ones.
One of the biggest projects has been the construction at the Santa Fe Gate, which forced it to close in February around the time of the freeze.
“We are definitely making headway out there at Santa Fe Gate. We’ve got the road torn up. We’re going to start reconstruction coming up soon. We’ve got some culverts to replace out there, so we get better water flow through the area and improve our infrastructure,” she said. “We awarded a $1.8 million project … and we are looking for a late summer completion date. Somewhere around the August timeframe is what we’re projecting.”
She added, “It takes us from a one-lane to a two-lane exit. Anyone that’s tried to leave post out of Santa Fe knows the traffic just backs up way too far. Getting out of post will be a whole lot easier for everyone that uses that gate or wants to use that gate in the future.”
Amongst the several road projects, Clear Creek Road has had one-and-a-half miles reconstructed.
“We had heavy flooding over Clear Creek north of Turkey Run, heading out to West Range Road. All that’s been corrected. We don’t expect any more flooding on that road, so that we don’t put anyone in danger,” Lenis said. “And we’re going to get traffic signals on Clear Creek, on Hell on Wheels, and Old Ironsides. The lights will get activated around the first of June.”
The tank crossing trails were also improved, allowing for more space for the tanks and the asphalt will not be damaged by tanks.
Lenis also went on to thank the 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, whose access control point has been affected by the construction on East Range Road, for their patience as DPW put in the time to fix the 1.1 mile stretch of road.
“We spent about $2.6 million. They reconstructed the whole road to get rid of all those base failures, and it includes a traffic light at East Range Road and Tedesco Way to help the 69th ADA to get out of their footprint and decide whether or not they’re going north or south on East Range Road,” She said. “It’s going to be…