Plans in works to widen Highway 6 to six lanes

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BRYAN / COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - Plans to expand Highway 6 are starting to take shape.

The Bryan / College Station Metropolitan Planning Organization wants to widen the highway from four lanes to six.

More than 75,000 cars travel Highway 6 every day.

As the Brazos Valley grows, so will that number.

The B/CS Metropolitan Planning Organization wants to add an additional lane to each side of Six from William J. Bryan Parkway in Bryan to Southwest Parkway in College Station in 2021.

"Well I think it's always good to make improvements to just keep the community in mind," said Tiffany Harris of Bryan.

Drivers we spoke with like her aren't surprised by the plan. She tries to avoid the current construction however she can.

"Just the detours like I said I stay off of Highway 6 by going across the bridge of Highway 21. It's a lot of construction right there so you have to leave a little early for work and stuff," she added.

“I think it’s a good idea because we’re always improving and you know it’s always with more people and the population growing. We can always have differences or you know just a lot more stuff added to the community and stuff and I think that’s good," added Crystal Jackson of Bryan.

BCSMPO SAYS their long-term plans call to widen Highway 6 north of Bryan and south to William D. Fitch Parkway in College Station, but that would cost $220 million.

They have $13 million annually to fund projects.

"That won't be fun when it's under construction," said Jennifer Mullins who has lived in south College Station for three years.

"I think College Station is getting huge really quickly and so a wider highway would be amazing. I think it should go as further as long as they can especially all through south College since that's getting so huge right now," Mullins added.

The final funding for the project has not been secured yet.

TxDOT tells us they are very early in the process and do not have a timeline for design or how long construction might take.