Briarcrest Drive Construction Project Begins Next Week

Some people driving to and from work and school could be in for a rough wake-up call next week.

Bryan's busiest street is getting a major makeover with crews moving in Monday as the Briarcrest Drive widening project gets under way.

News 3 takes a look at the improvements and talked with some drivers who will be affected.

It's bumper to bumper on Briarcrest Drive during peak times of the day in Bryan and construction congestion is about to make things worse.

Bonnie Alriffi drives through here every other day taking her kids to Blinn College.

"I think that they have no choice but to make the road wider so it's something that people are going to have to put up with but after it's finished they'll be better off," Alriffi said.

On Monday contractors will begin the yearlong widening and safety improvements from Kent Street to the Highway 6 frontage road.

Carl Ivey of College Station drives through the Bryan Recycling Center by Walmart at least once a week.

"I'll probably have to figure something else out because I don't think I want to deal with that a lot," Ivey said.

More than 50,000 cars travel down Briarcrest Drive every day and that number continues to grow. Construction was delayed from starting earlier this summer so that contractors could finish work along University Drive in Northgate.

Bryan Driver Stephan Starr wishes they'd waited 'till the school year ends.

"They picked the worst time to do it. We'll have people backed all the way up to Texas Avenue trying to get through here," Starr said.

TxDOT says they plan to have at least one lane open each way as construction progresses, so drivers be prepared for Monday, because you've been warned.

Concrete medians will be built that will limit vehicles from turning into and exiting a number of businesses on Briarcrest and that has a number of business owners concerned.

TxDOT and contractors held a pre-construction meeting Wednesday and say lane closures aren't expected next week yet.

The $4.7 million project is expected to be completed by late August 2013.

Crews will begin the project doing signal work at the Oak Ridge Drive intersection starting Tuesday, September 11th.

This project was first proposed in 1999 with the Bryan City Council approving it in March 2007.

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