Bryan City Council looking to consider approving first contract to make Downtown a railroad quiet zone

Council meets Tuesday evening and will be considering the construction contract for Phase I
Updated: Jun. 7, 2021 at 8:00 PM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - The Bryan City Council is looking to approve its first construction contract to make Downtown Bryan a quiet zone.

This step includes approving a $657,991.55 contact with Brazos Paving Company. This money will go toward median improvements, signage, and striping and marking the intersections.

Paul Kaspar, Bryan City Engineer, says this first part of the construction will include the railway that runs parallel to Tabor Rd. in Downtown, and will cause some closures and lane blockages once construction begins.

Kaspar says this is an important step for the future of Bryan, especially in the economic development category.

“I think long-term economic redevelopment of Downtown Bryan is going to be dependent on having these trains quieted as we go through,” said Kaspar. “There is a lot of blocks of undeveloped land ready to be redeveloped downtown, and I think that will be key to make that happen.”

Phase I includes the following crossings: W. 32nd St, E. 29th St, E. 28th St, E. 26th St, E. William Joel Bryan Parkway, E. 24th St, E. 23rd St, E. 22nd St, E. Martin Luther King, Jr. St., and E. 15th St. The Sims Street crossing and the pedestrian crossing near the library will be included in the second phase of construction.

Phase II is a larger project that includes 11 street crossings and the pedestrian crossing near the library.

If approved, Phase I will begin construction July 2021, and if the Union Pacific Rail Road completes all the necessary permits, it is expected to be finished by December 2021.

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