Bryan: TxDOT Holds Presentation on $269 Million SH 6 Expansion Project
Feature Photo: An artist rendering of the collector distributing lane improvements that will take place in Phase I. Image: TxDOT.
by Art Benavidez
Bryan (Brazos County) — The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) held a virtual presentation Wednesday on the SH 6 (Rudder Freeway) expansion project.
Due to congestion and safety concerns in the area, TxDOT is designing improvements along SH 6 from SH 21 in Bryan to SH 40 (William D. Fitch Parkway) in College Station. The improvements will take place along 11.5 miles.
Crash data from 2014 to 2018 showed 1,699 crashes with nine fatalities, with 51% of accidents occurring on the main lanes. The leading contributing factor was speeding.
The purpose of the project will be to enhance safety, reduce congestion, improve mobility, improve operational efficiency at major intersections, add capacity to main lanes on SH 6, provide adequate bridge clearance for truck traffic and provide pedestrian and bicycle accommodations.
Preliminary estimates have construction costs at $269 million. The project will be constructed in two phases.
Phase I includes the widening of main lanes from two lanes to three lanes in each direction; construct frontage road improvements; improvement of auxiliary lanes to help merge traffic between ramps; construct new collector-distributor lanes at selected locations to improve traffic flow from Harvey Mitchell Parkway to Rock Prairie Road along SH 6 corridor and the reconfiguration of Texas Avenue Interchange.
Phase II includes improvements to major intersections, along with providing pedestrian and bicycle accommodations where needed along frontage roads throughout the project limits, with an adequate buffer to vehicular traffic.
SH 6 major intersections improvements will include the following:
William J. Bryan Parkway (FM 158)
Briarcrest Drive (FM 1179)
University Drive (FM 60)
Harvey Road (SH 30)
William D. Fitch Parkway (SH 40)
The next step in the process is containing environmental clearance for Phase I construction plans and utility coordination.
Phase I construction is expected to begin in 2023 and take two to three years to complete, along with Phase II right-of-way acquisitions.
Phase II of construction is expected to begin in 2025 and take two to three years to complete.
The Houston office of the engineering firm RS&H is on board the project.
TxDOT is taking comments on the project until May 27.
Art Benavidez (Construction News Reporter, Central Texas) is a seasoned journalist with over 15-years of experience in writing breaking news and in-depth features at the local level. He honed his research and reporting skills in newspapers and magazines throughout South and West Texas along with expertise in crafting digital content as Managing Editor of New Image Marketing Research Corporation. Benevidez is a Texas native and graduate of UT-RGV.