TxDOT Approves Widening of Old Reliance

By: KBTX Staff Email
By: KBTX Staff Email

Plans are in the making to replace the functionally obsolete two-lane bridge at Old Reliance Road over SH 6 in Bryan, Texas.

The $6.5 million construction project will implement wide enough lanes for U-turns in each direction, two through lanes in each direction and two left-turn lanes. It will have ADA-compliant pedestrian walkways on both sides.

The current structure is an impediment to the east-west vehicular traffic over SH 6. It restricts access to the new Rudder High School and is unusable for pedestrian access.

Recent upgrades by the Texas Department of Transportation to the frontage roads and intersections have provided additional traffic flow; however, the narrow structure is still a bottleneck to vehicular traffic over SH 6 and is unusable for pedestrians.

Bryan Mayor Mark Conlee and other City Officials worked with the Bryan District of TxDOT to bring the situation to the attention of TxDOT’s administration in Austin.

TxDOT’s District Office in Bryan worked with administrators to bring this matter before the Texas Transportation Commission and the Commission recently approved the use of bridge rehabilitation and replacement funds to address the growing need to protect students crossing the bridge.

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