Local Organization Seeking Public Input on Highway 6 Expansion

By: Nicole Morten Email
By: Nicole Morten Email

With Scott and White going up and other businesses sprouting, traffic continues to increase along Highway 6. So what bugs you about 6? This morning local leaders and traffic engineers got together to hear from the public.

The Brazos Valley is growing. And with an increasing population comes more congestion. For the last several months the Bryan College Station Metropolitan Planning Organization has placed Highway 6 at the forefront of a major traffic study.

“Main concerns from the agencies perspective is looking at operations at the interchanges and trying to improve those operations for turning movements, access through the intersections, conflict points and those types of issues,” said Brad McCaleb Director, Bryan / College Station MPO.

Many of the main arteries of Highway 6, including University Drive and Highway 6, along with U.S. 190 and Highway 6, so far, are proving to be among the busiest intersections in the Brazos Valley. During peak hours, the study found on average, drivers are left sitting at the light for approximately 80 seconds.

It's a delay that's causing a headache for drivers -- and one engineer’s are trying to fix.

"It's time consuming if you're on a set schedule," said Brazos County resident Leroy Walton.

Other than delays, Brazos County resident Leroy Walton voiced concerns over the speed limit and even tossed around the idea of adding a third lane.

“I'd like to see an HOV, either a toll-way or a truck lane because the cars they will cut the big trucks off with hardly any time to slow down on, I see it all the time,” said Walton.

“Traffic volume on highway 6 is definitely increasing and as we see that increase occur,” said McCaleb. “We're going to have to look pretty hard at adding a third travel lane and that's a major project.
A major project with a major price tag.

“We're going to see an increase in freight volume through this region and so there's a recognition that we need to look at what the issues are now and be planning for those future improvements as the growth and traffic volumes increase,” said McCaleb.

The MPO says it will continue analyzing results from the study and taking public input to find out what the best long-term improvements will be.

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