Friday, October 29, 2010
TxDOT approves funding for Hwy 47 overpass near HSC campus
During the monthly meeting of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Transportation Commission on October 28, $8 million of funding was approved for the construction of an overpass at the entrance to the new Texas A&M Health Science Center on Highway 47 in Bryan.
Before voting to approve the funding, commissioners praised local leaders for working together to come up with $4 million of local funds that will go towards the project.
“I like the fact that we have the community (partners) stepping to the plate with money – and not just walking in with their hands out,” Commissioner Fred Underwood said during the meeting.
The City of Bryan along with other local partners will contribute $3 million and the Bryan District of TxDOT will contribute another $1 million – bringing the total cost to $12 million.
After the funding item was approved Commissioner Ted Houghton said, “To all the partners, thank you – this is what it’s all about. And Mayor (Bienski), you all have skin in this game and we appreciate that.”
Early plans have the interchange area at Highway 47 linking with the proposed HSC Parkway which will enable vehicles to enter and exit the Health Science Center without merging onto Highway 47, and will ensure quality growth and transportation for future generations.
Bryan Mayor Jason Bienski, attended the Commission’s meeting in Austin with several City staff members, and spoke to the commissioners in support of the project.
“On behalf of the City of Bryan and our partners, I want to thank the TxDOT Commissioners, TxDOT Executive Director Amadeo Saenz, David Casteel (TxDOT’s Assistant Executive Director for Field and District Operations), John Barton (TxDOT’s Assistant Executive Director for Engineering Operations), and the Bryan District Engineer Catherine Hejl. Thank you for what you do for the entire state of Texas and especially for all the attention you give to our local area,” Bienski said.
Hejl had this to say after the Commission’s vote, “The Bryan District of TxDOT looks forward to working with the City of Bryan on developing and constructing this project which will improve mobility and safety on this new corridor."
A construction schedule has not been set for the project.
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