Transportation planners moving forward with overhaul for busy CS intersection

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COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - Transportation planners are looking for your input on major changes coming to the intersection of Wellborn Road and George Bush Drive.

Experts say about 70,000 cars travel through that area any given weekday.

Transportation planners want to create a major interchange of overpasses and underpasses to make travel safer.

To do that, the apartments on the corner will be torn down.

"It's frustrating, just not knowing when what's going on. Everyone's just kind of staying put. You never know when we might get a letter saying, 'you have so many days to move.' So that's kind of stressful, but I'm looking forward to whatever the construction they have and put here," said Anisa Muhammad, a Texas A&M graduate student who lives in the complex.

"The main effect here is going to be safety improvements -- be able to get the bicycles and pedestrians out of the way, handle traffic without having to worry about the railroad, the congestion. Some of that's going to go away," said Tim Lomax, with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.

He wants to hear comments from area residents before they finish final designs.

"We're looking at a process that really starts with the 2818 projects. We're go to be widening that road between now and say 2021, so this project won't really start significant construction until 2022. I think what we're looking at is a project in the $40 million or $50 million range," said Lomax.

"It's really congested with everything going on, and just make sure you're being careful, especially as someone who bikes to class. Make sure you don't get hit by a car. Maybe it'll benefit the students at A&M or the community as a whole," said Muhammad.

Once construction does begin, the intersection could be closed for 9 months.

The state says just getting the right-of-way property could take one to two years.