COLLEGE STATION, Texas It's a building blitz in College Station with the new Scott & White Hospital and other healthcare facilities coming soon.
But that's also bringing increased tie-ups on Rock Prairie Road.
Now road work is coming there to help ease congestion.
It's a roadway that seems to be getting busier day by day.
Some 20,000 vehicles travel down Rock Prairie Road daily here in College Station.
The new Scott & White Hospital opening August 19th is bringing more cars and traffic to the area and there's more to come including a behavioral health hospital and Aerofit Wellness Center.
Bill Barker has been a long time resident of the Woodcreek subdivision and is pleased with the new hospital opening nearby.
"I think the facility is going to be a real boom to the area here," said Bill Barker.
But he's noticed a little more traffic on the street into his neighborhood.
"I think they're taking kind of a shortcut around the area and hopefully when they finish all of the construction that'll be relieved even more," he added.
Some relief is coming soon with improvements planned for Rock Prairie Road. After construction finishes you'll be able to u-turn coming off of Highway 6 without having to stop at the intersections.
Bob Cowell is College Station Planning and Development Director and adds the city is acquiring additional property along Rock Prairie to widen it in the coming years after bridge work finishes.
"There'll be a little bit of pain right at the beginning of it as that area is all under construction, but everybody will endure that and things will flow a lot better at that intersection. Then the city will turn its attention to Rock Prairie Road itself," explained Bob Cowell.
"It's gonna be nice when they get it in. It's gonna be a challenge for us while they put it in I think. But I think again it will relieve a lot of the traffic in the area and around, getting around in the area," said Bill Barker.
In the meantime expect to see this corridor continue to change.
The Rock Prairie bridge improvements are expected to take about 18 months to complete with construction starting this fall.
The project is estimated to cost around $5.4 million.
Approximately 73,000 cars travel down the stretch of Highway 6 in that area each day.
Scott & White Hospital officials estimate around 1,600 cars will make trips to the new hospital daily, while 1,700 to their new medical clinic.
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