Wednesday marked a landmark day for local transportation. For the first time ever, motorists will no longer have to wait for a train to pass before crossing Finfeather on Villa Maria in Bryan.
The brand new railroad underpass began accepting traffic around 9 a.m. And although there's still work to be done before all of the construction is finished and all nearby streets are reopened, the main attraction of the project, the underpass, is in operation.
It's the culmination of a process that began 24 years ago when Bryan voters approved a bond package which included $3.2 million for the underpass. But countless delays and a failed partnership with College Station over a proposed Lo-Track design shoved the project to the back burner. The final cost of the underpass built in 2007-2008 exceeded $11 million.