Highway 6 on and off ramps under construction
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 9:00pm
COLLEGE STATION, Tx (KYLE) — If you've ever driven down Highway 6 between FM 2818 and FM 158 , especially during rush hour, then you know just how backed up traffic can get.
"Well, on a normal day it's busy especially in the morning and afternoon and then you add in a special event such as a holiday or game day and it's next to impossible," said TxDOT's Bob Colwell.
It's a safety issue TxDOT wants to fix and they plan on doing just that by changing the highway on and off ramps to make access easier.
"The existing exit ramp will be replaced with an entrance ramp and the existing entrance ramp will be replaced with an exit ramp," Colwell says.
By reversing the current design, it'll move the backed up traffic off the main lanes to the frontage roads; making the highway safer to travel.
"You don't want to be hit going 75 mph if you're backed up on Highway 6 and this new design will alleviate that problem," said Colwell.
For the next two months the southbound ramps and one lane of the frontage road between FM 60 and State Highway 30 will be closed.
Once those are reconfigured, work will begin on the next set of ramps. All-in-all, eight ramps will be redesigned.
TxDOT says the project will cost $9.6 million and should be completed by December 2014.