Agreements approved by the College Station City Council this month will make upgrades to Wellborn Road railroad crossings. 

Most recently, an advanced funding agreement was OK'd Thursday with the Texas Department of Transportation for the Cain Road/Deacon Drive Railroad Crossing Switch project. The agreement covers work needed within TxDOT's right of way, including roadway adjustments and median work along Wellborn Road, adding a southbound right turn lane to Deacon Drive, retaining walls, curb and gutter work, sidewalks, drainage improvements and installation of a traffic signal at Deacon Drive. 

The total estimated cost of the project is $4.6 million. The roadway improvements along Wellborn Road will help accommodate a new at-grade railroad crossing at the Deacon Drive intersection and the closure of the existing railroad crossing at Cain Road. 

Earlier this month, a roughly $382,000 professional services contract was awarded to Binkley & Barfield for design of improvements to the Wellborn Road and Holleman Drive intersection. Wellborn Road will be elevated to correct the grade separation at the railroad crossing, and Holleman Drive will be widened to accommodate dedicated right and left turn lanes in each direction. 

New railroad and traffic signals also will be installed as part of the project. 

During the Sept. 13 meeting when the design contract was approved, Public Works Director Donald Harmon said a study several years ago showed the most limiting factor to capacity at the intersection was the grade difference. TxDOT will manage the bidding and construction of the project, which is tentatively scheduled for 2021, Harmon said.

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