Highway 40 Now Open

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There's a new road to travel in College Station. State Highway 40 opened Friday afternoon. Planners hope it will help alleviate congestion through town. While some are glad to have the new road, others aren't.

Local officials and TxDOT representatives were on hand for a ceremony to open State Highway 40 Friday.

The 3.1 mile road starts just off the Highway 6 bypass, crosses over Barron Road, and connects to Wellborn.

" We're quite pleased with the opening of this road because it's another way to move more successfully around our community," said College Station City Council member, Ron Gay

" This is going to be a great traffic route on the west side of town. I think a lot of folks coming in for the Aggie football game and everything will see this will be the way to go," said Brazos County Commissioner, Kenny Mallard.

But residents who live along Barron Road may not choose to go that route. They have already voiced concerns about safety issues at the intersection of Barron and Highway 40.

" It's just stop signs and you got cross traffic coming in at 70 miles per hour," said College Station resident, Mike Jackson.

" The concerns of those residents are in deed legitimate. We need the help of our citizens to also make it safe and to be aware and to drive friendly," said Gay.

The city has already installed rumble strips before the stops signs to alert drivers of the new intersection. TxDOT says there should not be a problem as long as drivers make a complete stop and look before they cross or turn at the intersection.

" We think we have a good design. We certainly will monitor the situation and if anything develops in terms of safety we'll take care of it," said Bryan Wood with TxDOT.

With recent growth in the area, officials say they're staying ahead of the curve and addressing traffic needs for the future.

" It's going to be a wonderful addition to our traffic pattern and we'll be able to handle more cars but we won't see the traffic jams," said Mallard.