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TxDOT Planning Underpass For George Bush Drive And Wellborn Road


College Station, TX More construction could be coming to Wellborn Road with TxDOT planning for a major underpass at George Bush Drive.

This would provide a new gateway around a congested corner for both cars and pedestrians.

The preliminary plan would raise one of the streets to provide a better flow of traffic.

News 3 took a look at the plans that are still in the very early stages.

An exact date has not been set yet for the project which could still be years away and funding has not been secured.

But TXDOT says this underpass is high on their wish list.

They are moving forward with plans for when funding becomes available.

It's a busy intersection with bottlenecks a common site during peak times here at the corner of George Bush Drive and Wellborn Road in College Station.

But a fix is in the woks for a potential underpass.

"I think that's a really great idea," said Christine Ruggles, who comes this way everyday to work at Texas A&M.

"It's going to be a huge headache because it is so close to everything. But at the same time if they don't do it now and they keep expanding and then we have more kids and more traffic coming in and out, it's going to be an even bigger pain," Ruggles said.

While there aren't any drawings out just yet of what the new underpass project will look like, we do know that it will look like something similar to what we have at Wellborn Road and Old Main Drive. It also means that you won't have to stop for the train anymore.

The property manager at the 100 George Bush Apartments on the corner tells us their building would be torn down for the overpass.

It's something the new owner was aware of when he recently bought them.

But Bob Colwell with TxDOT says project plans are only about 10 to 20 percent complete.

"There's no estimate. There's no letting date. No right of way has been set aside or purchased at this point and there's no funding source, so we're just very, very early in this process," Colwell said.

While plans are still in the early stages it's too soon to say how much this project might cost.

If approved, it's not clear how long construction would take.


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