UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am
BRYAN -- A proposed nine million dollar road improvement project in Bryan, for one of the busiest streets in town, has some local business owners fighting against the project because they say it will only hurt business instead of helping.
Drivers in Bryan know that Briarcrest can be a nightmare, especially during the peak hours of the day, and it's about to get a lot worse when the four-lane road is cut down to two.
"The construction project is going to do a lot of signal improvements from the bypass all the way to Kent Street along Briarcrest," said Bob Appleton with TxDot. "It will also add turn lanes at all the intersections and we'll also be adding a raised curb median."
But the proposed plans have some local business owners in the Briarcrest Center unhappy with the project.
"In our opinion there's nothing good that's going to come from it," said owner of Briarcrest Cleaners, Shaun Winder. "We've seen other median projects, you know, around the community that have put a hurting on business because it limits access to the businesses."
And Winder isn't alone.
"I feel like it's really going to hurt this business strip you know as far as the local businesses for people to get in and out to access," said owner of All American Embroidery, Rhonda Doan.
Road construction will start this later this year and it's expected to take about two years to complete, leaving Winder and Doan questioning the future of their businesses.
"They're making it really difficult for us," said Winder. "We can't really absorb you know 18 months or two years of losses if just the construction were to hurt us."
Doan added, "If it affects the business where no one can access us and if the business slows down that much then I would think a lot people will relocate."