TXDOT Says New Bridge Will Alleviate Traffic Snarl On Wellborn

By: Shane McAuliffe Email
By: Shane McAuliffe Email

Traffic really isn't too bad of a problem here in the Brazos Valley, but some intersections and roads in town do have a bigger load to handle than others.

You can find one of those intersections in College Station at 2818 and Wellborn Road. An estimated 87,000 cars drive through the intersection any given day and taking a left on Wellborn Road, heading west on 2818 can be a bit quarrelsome from time to time.

"Sometimes you can get backed up and you can spend about 10 minutes trying to get through," said College Station driver Mallori Smell.

With so many drivers trying to head toward Bryan at this intersection, getting through the light is half the battle. However, some are taking the time crunch better than others.

"I know people that live in San Antonio, Houston and Dallas so this is nothing here. Pretty much everything is convenient to me so it's no big deal," said driver Chris Blanton.

The good news for drivers, the light is only a temporary situation.

"We understand everyone's frustration," said Bob Colwell with the Texas Department of Transportation

Colwell says emails about the intersection have flooded his office since the change.

"We know that it takes a couple of cycles to go (west on 2818)," said Colwell.

And making things safer and easier is the whole point of the Wellborn overpass.

Once construction is complete on the 2818 and Wellborn Road overpass, drivers looking to go west on 2818 or Harvey Mitchell Parkway will simply go under the new overpass, come around a round-about and head directly west avoiding all lights on the way.

"Where thinking in about six months you'll be able to use the new clover leafs," said Colwell.

The new clover leafs will make getting on and off 2818 a much easier task. It will also keep the train tracks completely out of your driving path picture.

"We feel like the design that we have out there and once it's finished, everyone will like the end product," said Colwell.

The $20.8 million project is scheduled to be completed by next summer.

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