New signals on Briarcrest will help ease traffic flow

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POSTED: Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 3:22pm
UPDATED: Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 9:12pm

If you live in Bryan-College Station you've probably driven through the Briarcrest construction at least a few times since it began last August.

And with the project nearing completion this fall, workers have reached a milestone which will make your daily commute faster.

Jesse Ocana chose to open "Jesse's Taqueria and Bakery" on the corner of 29th and Briarcrest because of its prime location and the sheer volume of drivers that drive by every day.

He had no idea though when they opened up shop, they'd have to deal with construction the first year of business.

"We still have a lot of miss outs because you know they have to go around it but things are still keeping up, not as much as we're wanting it to but it's keeping up," said Ocana.

Last August TxDOT began work on the $4.8 million Briarcrest widening project.

Now more than nine months later crews are working to replace seven traffic signals along Briarcrest Drive with new ones that'll have video detection cameras on them to help traffic flow better.

"The old ones were loops and what would happen is if you pulled up too far or not enough it would not detect that a vehicle was there," said TxDOT's Bob Colwell. "With our new video detection system this will allow for it to see cars and traffic will move a lot more smoothly through the area."

Something Ocana is happy about because with more than 50,000 cars traveling through the intersection every day, traffic tends to get extremely backed up during peak business hours.

"It'll make a huge difference," said Ocana. "It'll be a big improvement on the flow of the cars."

The video detection cameras, which do not record video, will be at the Briarcrest intersections from Kent Street all the way to the Highway Six overpass.

Construction is on schedule to be completed by this fall.

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