Fallen officer Chris Kelley honored in roadway renaming
AUSTIN – Today, the Texas Department of Transportation joined officials from the city of Hutto and the community as they celebrated the completion of the FM 685 roadway improvement project with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and dedication of the Chris Kelley Boulevard.
Sergeant Chris Kelley, a seven-year veteran of the Hutto Police Department, was killed in the line of duty on June 24, 2015. Before joining the Hutto Police Department, Kelley served in the Air Force. The city of Hutto voted unanimously in June 2016 to rename FM 685, from US 79 to SH 130, Chris Kelley Boulevard.
“I would like to thank everyone who worked hard to make this possible,” commented Michele Kelley, Sgt. Kelley’s widow. “Our children can see this and remember how their daddy was a selfless man and that their daddy was a hero.”
“The city is thrilled about the improvements that have been made to the roadway,” said Hutto Acting Chief of Police Nathan Spraggins. “The city and the Kelley family are extremely honored that FM 685 has been renamed Chris Kelley Boulevard in memory of Hutto Police Department Sergeant Chris Kelley.”
The $11-million project widened sections of Chris Kelley Boulevard from a four-lane undivided roadway to a four-lane divided roadway. It added two new raised bridges with two 12-foot travel lanes in each direction over Brushy Creek, to lessen the possibility of flooding. In addition, the southbound bridge includes a left-turn lane to access Riverwalk Drive. Both bridges have a four-foot inside shoulder, 10-foot outside shoulder and a six-foot sidewalk. The project also made improvements to six intersections along Chris Kelley Boulevard, including at US 79, Carl Stern Drive, Uvalde Drive, Knowles Drive, Riverwalk Drive, and Great Western Drive.
“These improvements provide enhanced safety and mobility for travelers,” said Bobby Ramthun, TxDOT Austin District area engineer. “We are excited to complete this important project and help with the efforts to transition FM 685 to Chris Kelley Boulevard.”
Work on the project began in October 2014. The contractor was OHL USA Inc.
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