Demolition, Dining, Detours in Downtown Bryan

By: Michelle Peltier
By: Michelle Peltier

The streets may be coming up, but all of the restaurants an shops in Downtown Bryan are still open. The most recent wave of construction, part of phase two of the Downtown Master Plan, will close portions of William J. Bryan.

Starting Tuesday, May 1, William Joel Bryan will be closed from the eastern edge of the Parker Street intersection to the western edge of the Main Street intersection.

Construction should take two months.

Construction crews will install utilities and completely reconstruct the entire roadway with concrete pavement.

The Bryan Avenue intersection with William J. Bryan will also be closed. Bryan Avenue will be accessible during this time from both 24th Street and 26th Street.

The following is detour recommendations from the City of Bryan:

Detours will be set up around this work zone.
East bound traffic will be detoured onto Sims Street.
West bound traffic will be detoured on to Tabor Road.
A truck detour will also be setup utilizing Texas Avenue and State Highway 21.
Signs will be placed on WJ Bryan at both Parker and Main Street intersections with arrows to direct motorists around the work zone to access Bryan Avenue businesses.

Businesses along Bryan Avenue and those along William J. Bryan are still open during this time. Shoppers should be able to access the stores by the sidewalk at all times.

Citizens wishing to access the Downtown Bryan Post Office will enter and exit from Parker Avenue.

Citizens wishing to access businesses along Bryan Avenue can do so from any of the other side streets such as 26th, 24th, or 28th Streets.

The Downtown Master Plan, which is a component of the city's Comprehensive Plan, was adopted by the Bryan City Council in October 2001.

In it were plans for significant streetscape and infrastructure improvements.

Phase One of the Downtown Master Plan renovated Main Street between 24th and 28th streets at an approximate cost of $3.4 million.

Phase Two of the Downtown Master Plan will provide new underground utilities, streets, sidewalks, historic lighting and landscaping from 24th to 28th streets along Bryan Avenue.


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