College Main makeover nearing completion

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POSTED: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 2:55pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 9:02pm

Hundreds of students walk, bike or drive down College Main on a daily basis to get to campus.

Now their commute to school is a lot easier and safer thanks to a $2.8 million makeover.

"With this being such a highly pedestrian-trafficked area the city has been aware of the dangers out here," said Bryan civil engineer, Susan Monnat.

Before construction began, the street was poorly lit and didn't have any sidewalks or curbs -- making it dangerous to travel.

In fact, several years ago, a pedestrian was killed after they were struck by a car.

"It just wasn't as nice to walk down so you'd kind of try to avoid it otherwise you'd be walking in the street," said A&M graduate student, Matthew Fitzmaurice.

For the last year and a half College Main has undergone a serious facelift.

Now the busy street, which is one of Bryan's major gateways connecting the twin cities, has a new roundabout, street lights, bike lanes and more importantly, sidewalks.

Improvements everyone can be happy about.

"It just seems more open and you're not in the street so you're not at risk getting hit," Fitzmaurice said.

Monnat added, "To have this level of comfort and just feeling like we really made an impact on these citizens lives is a great thing."

Over the next couple of weeks construction crews will be working to finish up the project. The last phase is to bury some of the exposed power lines.

The city also plans to add a Bryan monument where Bryan and College Station meet.

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