Bryan Council Buys Property for Cul-de-Sac

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There may be some relief in sight for folks living near Bryan's Skrivanek Drive. Traffic in the area has been a hot topic lately, and Tuesday night, Bryan City Council voted to buy property with the intent of turning Skrivanek into a cul-de-sac.

City officials have been monitoring growth and traffic in the Skrivanek Drive area for some time. But recent incidents have pushed it near the top of the Bryan City Council's "to-do" list.

"This whole project is going to be a real benefit to all the citizens of Bryan because that street is very heavily used," City of Bryan Engineer Linda Huff said.

The idea is to cul-de-sac Skrivanek at the intersection of 29th Street. The council will vote whether to purchase a piece of property including a house for $115,000.

While the owner of the property has agreed to sell, local reaction to the possible change has been mixed.

"It's just inconvenient for the neighborhood to have to go around just for their benefit," Bryan Resident Robert Gonzales said.

"I don't want any more kids to get killed at the corner of the street, one is too many," Bryan Resident Bill Maddox said.

Another objection has to do with neighboring Garden Lane and Esther Boulevard.

A few residents think the streets will receive an overflow of traffic if the cul-de-sac is put in.

The city has already put aside money for two other projects to alleviate traffic congestion. Construction is projected to begin this fall for the widening of 29th Street from Villa Maria to Garden Lane, and for the addition of a traffic signal at the intersection of Joseph Drive and 29th Street.

"The traffic signal will provide gaps in the traffic to make it easier than it is now to take a left on 29th Street," Huff said.