UPDATED: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 9:07pm
COLLEGE STATION, Tx (KYLE) — The Rock Prairie bridge overpass in south College Station is about to get a facelift as TxDOT crews move in this week to start the bridge widening project.
Bob Colwell with TxDOT says, "What this is going to consist of is some turn-arounds at Rock Prairie and we're also going to update the pedestrian area there."
Contractors are in the early stages of prepping for all the roadwork now but by next week drivers can expect to see lane closures.
It's all part of a $4.2 million widening project that TxDOT says is needed to help support the future growth on the south side of town with the recently designated Medical District.
"There is an increase in pedestrian traffic and motor vehicle traffic out there and at TxDOT we just want to move everyone safely and we believe this design will hold up for future years to come," Colwell said.
Tom Jackson, CEO of the College Station Medical Center, says while construction can be a headache. it's a necessary but temporary evil to deal with.
"I think what you're seeing with the Rock Prairie bridge widening expansion is just one of many projects you'll see over the next several months and quite frankly over the next several years so it's very exciting for all of us invested in this region," Jackson said. "It's a big event, it's a milestone."
We're told TxDOT is working closely with Scott and White and the Med to inform them on lane closures so there won't be any delays or confusion for EMS.
The project will take place in five phases and is expected to be completed by the summer of 2015.