North Bryan Residents Skeptical about Capital Improvement Plan

By: Meredith Stancik Email
By: Meredith Stancik Email

How would you like to find water standing in your street every time there was a good rain? How would you like the sidewalks in your neighborhood to be in desperate need of repair?

Folks in some parts of North Bryan will tell you, that's what they deal with everyday.

Now, $1 million in capital improvements should be taking care of those repairs. However, while some residents are happy with the funding, others are skeptical about the plan.

"For many years this area has been neglected," Reverend Robert Wilson, an activist for Bryan residents, said.

Potholes and worn asphalt are an unwelcome sight for many residents in this North Bryan neighborhood.

"This street here has lot of pot holes in it and water stands when it rains," Bryan resident Reginald Nicks said.

However, this area is getting some help.

The City of Bryan has set aside close to $1 million to improve sidewalks along Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard.

It is part of the city's five-year Capital Improvement Plan.

But, residents are a bit skeptical about the project.

"It's a wait and see thing," Wilson said. "They have been promised for years that this would take place, but they haven't seen any results."

The city says construction on the MLK project will begin in 2009.

As for road improvements and potholes, the city says those are fixed based on need.

"It has been said that Bryan is 20 to 30 years behind, but I would go a little bit farther than that," Wilson said.

However, if all goes well over the next five years, the look of this area will change for the better.

For more information on Bryan's Capital Improvement Plan, click on the link below.

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