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Business Owners Fuming About Tx Ave. Project

By: Lindsay Liepman
By: Lindsay Liepman

A multi-million dollar facelift will soon begin on one of the busiest roads in the Brazos Valley.

And while some say the Texas Avenue Widening Project will increase safety, others say it will hurt business.

Business owners along Texas avenue in College Station rely on their location to attract business.

"We've been here about six years and we serve both the student population and a lot of local residents also so we have business that comes from both directions," says Phyllis Lair, co-owner of Harvey Washbanger's.

Lair is worried TxDot's three year plan to widen Texas Avenue will leave her patrons put out with construction.

"It's going to cut our business probably by 50 percent because half our customers will not be able to get here," says Lair.

The $17 million project won't just add six lanes from George Bush to 2818, but medians that prohibit left turns.

TxDot says business owners shouldn't worry.

There will always be two lanes of traffic open during construction and access to their business won't be hindered.

The medians won't be built for at least a couple of years.

"There's an average of 35,000 vehicles a day that travel in this area and so what we're trying to do is make traffic move better and more safely in this area," says Colwell.

Lair says TxDot and business owners just have different priorities.

They want traffic to push through the area, she wants them to pull in and stop.

Construction will begin on Monday.


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