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Highway 6 Safety Upgrades

By: Amanda Humes
By: Amanda Humes

A dangerous stretch of Highway 6 is finally on track to get some safety upgrades and that's a relief to residents and law enforcement officials.

The stretch of Highway 6 in South Brazos County between FM 159 and the Navasota River is deadly.

Many fatal head-on collisions have happened along the roadway because there is nothing separating the north and south bound lanes. But all that is about to change.

"You will actually have a grass median in the middle and so it should eliminate some of the accidents that have occurred there," said Bob Colwell with the Texas Department of Transportation.

The Texas Department of Transportation has received over $100 million for a construction project for the highway. Plans include reconstructing the 7 mile stretch into a divided, four lane controlled access expressway with one way frontage roads.

"This new project will help the area. It will give it more capacity and it will make it safer as well," said Colwell.

It should be safer for drivers as well as Department of Public Safety troopers who work accidents.

"We'll have more room to work. We'll have a median to have a safe place to be in case there is an accident and we have to work it instead of having all the traffic come to a dead stop," said Sgt Mark Spillers with DPS.

Many motorist say the project is long overdue, but they'll have to extend their patience for another four years until the project is finished.

"There will be some minor delays that they will encounter. We ask them to slow down when they go through there and look out for construction workers," said Colwell.

The project is scheduled to start in February 2006 with a completion date of 2010.

One lane on both the north and south bound lanes will always remain open during construction.


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