Briarcrest widening project nearly complete

POSTED: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 4:37pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 10:14pm

It's a day Jim Lewis, owner of Village Foods in Bryan, thought he'd never see.

After a year of nightmarish lanes closures and construction, the Biarcrest widening project is almost complete.

"You have to be positive and remain optimistic that there will be an end but when you're on the front end of it and realize that it's going to be a year long process, a year feels like a long time," said Lewis.

Even though the $4.7 million project started last September, it's been in the works for quite some time now.

"Our first public meeting we held on it was back in 1999," said TxDOT's Bob Colwell. "This has been a long work in progress and we're glad to see construction at the end of the project."

A project that includes: new turn lanes, seven upgraded traffic intersections and a safety concrete median just to name a few things.

And while the project did stay on schedule, Lewis says the construction really hurt his business.

"It was brutal. From the very moment they started, our traffic county actually dropped by about a thousand customers a week and that's really hard for a small business to absorb and then sustain for an entire year," Lewis said.

But now with construction wrapping up Lewis hopes to attract back his customers and then some.

"You know, when it gets inconvenient people will go somewhere else and so that's what they've done and so now it's our job is to figure out how to get them to come back," Lewis said.

We're told final touches should be finished by October but all the major work is complete.


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