CS City Council Approves Rock Prairie Road Widening Project Monday

COLLEGE STATION - The College Station City Council approved approve money to widen another busy street on Monday night.

Crews will widen Rock Prairie Road between the College Station Medical Center and Scott and White Hospital.

Construction will be not be completed until the end of next year.

The lunchtime rush is stop and go at Rock Prairie Road and Highway 6.

Crews will finish widening the bridge over the highway in four months.

But more construction delays are coming.

"It'll be nice for them to be completely done," said Dr. Ryan Hooks, who practices dentistry in the shopping center across from Scott and White Hospital.

He and his patients will have to be patient while crews widen Rock Prairie once the bridge is done.

"There's going to be more traffic with the hospital, with planned commercials areas over here it's gonna be necessary for sure so it's going to be something to grow through the pains," said Hooks, D.D.S. of Hooks Family Dentisty.

As Rock Prairie continues to be one of College Station's most congested corridors this new widening project is expected to start in early 2015 with construction taking just under a year.

"This is just the preliminary plans," said Donald Harmon, College Station's Public Works Director, as he showed us the project plans.

Harmon says they will widen Rock Prairie from Normand Drive near the College Station Medical Center to Medical Avenue in front of Scott and White Hospital.

"City council will be considering a professional services contract with Kimley-Horne and Associates to look at design improvements through the Rock Prairie Road corridor," said Harmon.

"I'm not looking forward to it but I'll be happy when it's finished for sure," said Ryan Hooks.

Another year worth of work and frustration for motorists just as the first phase gets close to completion.

The contract on the table at Monday's city council meeting is $273,850.

The total budget for the project is $2,405,851.83

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