UPDATED: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 7:37pm
BRYAN -- Heads up Bryan drivers: you're going to want to start avoiding Briarcrest Drive from now on because construction crews started work today on a yearlong widening project.
Lauren Holman found out what TxDOT's plans are and how this will affect your commute to work or school.
If you drive down Briarcrest on any given day, at any given time, you'll most likely sit in traffic.
"Especially if you come around here at like five o'clock it's a nightmare and also during lunch," said Denise Vajdak.
"It's a very busy street," added another driver.
And the nightmare is about to get a lot worse for drivers because a $4.7 million construction project is now underway.
"The contractor will be adding right turn lanes and a raised median including storm water, paving, curbing and adding sidewalks along this area," said TxDot's Bob Colwell.
More than 50,000 cars drive down Briarcrest every single day, making it one of the busiest streets in Bryan, so TxDOT says this widening project is desperately needed.
"We believe that the finished project will improve safety and actually make it easier for drivers to get around better," Colwell said.
But for now Denise Vajdak, who drives down Briarcrest about four times a week, says she plans on avoiding the area as often as possible.
"If I can find a way around it then I will."
Construction should be finished by next August if everything runs smoothly and drivers should expect lane closures as construction progresses.