Safety improvements coming to Southside historic area in CS

POSTED: Tuesday, September 4, 2012 - 5:14pm
UPDATED: Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 10:40am

COLLEGE STATION -- It's one of the oldest neighborhoods in College Station, the Southside Historic Area, and it's going to undergo a major make-over soon to help improve safety.

Today Lauren Holman spoke with the city to find out what some of their biggest concerns are and how they're going to try and fix them.

It's one of the oldest neighborhoods in College Station. Now, the Southside Historic Area, is due for some upgrades.

"Just in general, cars having to get over and then you meet another car so you're getting over and then there's a bicyclist and you're trying to not hit the biker," said Tyler Beechem. "It's just a big inconvenience."

That's why the city is moving forward with a $3.2 million dollar project known as the Southside Area Neighborhood Plan.

To help improve safety for those living in the area, the city plans to add sidewalks to streets while maintaining the neighborhood's historical appeal.

"We've really tried to work with the neighborhood to focus on preserving that character," said principal planner, Jennifer Porchazka. "Whether it's being sensitive to where sidewalks are added or where curbs are added."

In addition to new sidewalks, 79 other improvements will also be made including: more street lights, improved drainage and road infrastructure.

Something biker, Shelby Jenkins, thinks is necessary.

"Oh my gosh yes. Even today I almost got hit."

The improvements will be broken up into several short, mid and long-term phases over the next seven years to maintain the area's appeal.

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