Early designs for improvements to Bryan's busy William J. Bryan Parkway corridor show plans for raised medians, roundabouts and shared-use paths.
Consultants presented the schematic designs to the Bryan City Council during a Tuesday workshop meeting. The project began in late 2017, when the city began gathering data and public feedback on the Texas Department of Transportation roadway. Concepts presented Tuesday reflect concerns with speed, intersections and pedestrian safety throughout the corridor between Texas Avenue and Texas 6.
The following are among the proposed improvements included in the concepts:
- Roundabouts at each end of Sue Haswell Park to slow down traffic.
- A 10-foot shared-use path for pedestrians and cyclists around the park.
- Raised medians throughout much of the corridor, including the residential and business portions.
- An extended right-turn lane for motorists turning south onto the Texas 6 frontage road.
- Landscaping improvements to offer shade, new lighting and traffic signals and conversion of overhead utilities to underground.
About $2 million has been allocated in Bryan's Capital Improvements Program budget for the design of the safety and mobility improvements. Construction will be performed by TxDOT, which is expected to bid the project in 2020, while federal funding will be provided by the Bryan/College Station Metropolitan Planning Organization. Total construction costs have been estimated at between $11 million and $13 million.
Feedback from a public meeting last February showed that nonsignalized intersections, the speed of traffic, turn lanes and lack of lighting are among the top safety concerns for the corridor. Consultants said during Tuesday's meeting that there were 280 crashes along the corridor between March 2015 and March 2018.
The plans are expected to be finalized early this year, with construction anticipated to begin in early 2021.
The public will get a final opportunity to give its feedback on the proposed improvements to the corridor and learn more about the project later this month. An open house will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Jan. 24 at the First United Methodist Church gym, 506 E. 28th St. Comments will also be accepted through Feb. 28.
For more information and to view materials provided at previous public meetings, visit www.wjbproject.com.