College Station Plans Major Projects For New Fiscal Year

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas Road work is set to begin soon on one of College Station's busiest intersections.

A new Rock Prairie Road bridge is one of many projects on the docket for the city's new fiscal year which started this week.

Some street improvements and updates to Veterans Park are also part of College Station's plan.

News 3 took a look at some of the big projects happening this year.

Paving started this week here on Bird Pond Road after months of work to make the street safer and even a little wider.

It's something residents here say was badly needed.

All the current and new projects this fiscal year are expected to top $58 million.

Workers are pounding the pavement on Bird Pond Road in College Station.

In 2010 the city said this was on their short list of streets needing a major overhaul to fix potholes and other problems.

"The road was well overdue for a fixed, for a fixed process there," said
Mitchell Isbell, who lives on Bird Pond Road.

He is pleased the city is making it safer.

"It gets pretty wooded and the shrubs and the trees go over the road a little bit. Kind of blind zones back there," he said

College Station's new fiscal year projects also include two new synthetic fields already under construction at Veterans Park for lacrosse and soccer and 100 new parking spots.

This fall expansion plans also start on the Rock Prairie Road bridge at Highway 6 which will have three travel lanes each way, u-turn ramps back on to Highway 6 and 10 foot multi-use path on each side.

"It should turnout really nice. It will be a good anchor there in the medical corridor," said Chuck Gilman, College Stations Public Works Director.

"A lot of work in the next 12 to 18 months there along the Rock Prairie Road corridor. So certainly a lot of important transportation projects that we are looking to address," Gilman said.

Lick Creek Hike and Bike Trail will be extended.

And there are plans to add on to the Lincoln Center in the coming years.

"Also adding a new structure which will include a new gym, new meeting room and activity rooms," he said

Projects that residents like Mitchell Isbell are starting to notice.

"I'm glad that they are finally getting it done," Isbell said.

And this project here at Bird Pond Road is expected to be finished by November at a cost of $1.4 million so drivers should be on the lookout for construction workers until then.

The total new fiscal year budget for College Station is set at $255.4 million.