Belton Receives $25.7 Million in Funding for Mobility Projects

Belton Receives $25.7 Million in Funding for Mobility Projects

May 21, 2024

Three important mobility projects in Belton are moving forward thanks to $25.7 million in funding authorized last week by the Transportation Planning Policy Board of the Killeen-Temple Metropolitan Planning Organization (KTMPO). 

The City of Belton projects included:
•    Phase 2 of the Loop 121 expansion ($21.28 million)
•    Connell Street Phase 1 ($3.75 million)
•    Sparta Road SUP ($676,000)

Phase 2 of the Loop 121 project will add additional lanes and sidewalks to the section of roadway between I-14 and I-35. Prior to construction any utilities that are in the path of the future roadway will need to be moved by the City. Construction is expected to begin once Phase 1 is completed in early 2025. 

In April, the Belton City Council authorized an $868,550 agreement with KPA Engineers for the design of a future expansion for Connell Street between I-14 and I-35. The $3.75 million allocation from KTMPO will help fund the first phase of the expansion of the road, from Loop 121 to Huey Drive.
The $676,000 that KTMPO authorized for the Sparta Road Shared Use Path will connect the Nolan Creek Hike and Bike Trail near Sparta Elementary School with the trail located in Chisholm Trail Park along Dunn’s Canyon Road.

“Belton continues to work to improve mobility in our area.  We couldn’t do it alone, so this is great news for our citizens and our neighbors as we are able to leverage local dollars with state and federal funding,” Mayor David K. Leigh said.  “These projects are a great example of the cross-section of the projects we see in our region: from pedestrian connectivity to parks to larger connectivity projects like Loop 121.”

Belton’s projects emerged from a competitive process initiated by KTMPO. Funds will be available within the upcoming 3-year funding cycle.
Overall, KTMPO selected 17 local projects from Copperas Cove to Temple for funding at a total estimated cost of $78.4 million. In October 2023, KTMPO received 107 potential projects from area cities. The 17 projects selected for funding ranked highest on its list of priorities.

In addition, TxDOT’s Waco District office indicated that in Fiscal Year 2027 it will perform a major maintenance project on 6th Avenue (FM 93) in Belton, between TX 317 (Main Street) and I-35. This project combines a sidewalk replacement project originally scheduled for FY 2026 with the complete rehabilitation of 6th Avenue, which was originally scheduled in FY 2028 to achieve an escalated project in FY 2027

“We appreciate the coordination of these projects into one,” City Manager Sam Listi said. “The improvements to these facilities will benefit our community, businesses, and visitors.”