Prairie View Road

Traffic on Prairie View Road in West Temple will be moved onto the new segment of pavement that aligns with FM 2483 near the new Lake Belton High School.

It’s almost the end of the narrow, bumpy strip of Prairie View Road near State Highway 317.

Come Tuesday, motorists will have a fresh, smooth surface to drive on as the city of Temple will close the old two-lane section of Prairie View.

Traffic will be rerouted onto the new segment of Prairie View from North Pea Ridge Road to SH 317. The new segment curves to connect it with a new segment of FM 2483 on the west side of the highway.

However, traffic on FM 2483 will remain in its current pattern until new traffic signals are operational, the city said in a news release.

Prairie View Road phase 2 realigns Prairie View Road at SH 317 and consolidates the two existing SH 317 intersections at Prairie View Road and at FM 2483 into one signalized intersection.

The road improvements are being done in advance of the fall 2020 opening of nearby Lake Belton High School, a Belton Independent School District campus.

The project — part of the city’s 10-year, $142-million Transportation Capital Improvement Program to improve east-west connectivity — is scheduled to be completed by late summer.

“Adams (Avenue), for a long time, was one of the only east-west routes. Part of the push has been to get more east-west connectivity in West Temple,” City Manager Brynn Myers told the Telegram last year. “You can’t expand Adams, so instead, we’re going to have to get more connectivity in other east-west routes.”