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August 10, 2017

Second Phase of Wellborn Rd Lane Reconfiguration Begins, Detour in Place August 8th

Wellborn Road Reconfiguration

Future Wellborn Road Lane Reconfiguration

Wellborn Road Lane Reconfiguration Detour

Wellborn Road Lane Reconfiguration Detour

AUGUST 10, 2017 – UPDATE

It is anticipated this traffic detour will remain in place through Saturday, August 12th, weather permitting.

Crews are laying the brick pavers in the newly installed median and the new traffic signal controller which controls the timing of the signal changes. Restriping of the lanes will begin tonight and carry through Friday, August 11th. This detour must remain in place until all signage, signal improvements, and pavement markings are in place as each of these individual components work together as a whole to ensure drivers are able to navigate the new traffic pattern.

We appreciate your patience as we work through this project to reduce congestion and improve safety along this roadway.


AUGUST 5, 2017 – UPDATE

Due to inclement weather, the second phase in reconfiguring the north and southbound lanes of Wellborn Road at the intersections Old College Road and F&B Road has been delayed until Tuesday, August 8th. The detour will remain in place through Thursday, August 10th, weather permitting.


AUGUST 4, 2017 – UPDATE

To help reduce congestion and improve safety, contractors will begin the second phase in reconfiguring the north and southbound lanes of Wellborn Road at the intersections of Old College Road and F&B Road on Monday, August 7, 2017. The project, which began on July 24, 2017, includes a new asphalt roadway surface, new striping and signage, and new traffic signals, easing congestion during normal traffic flow and during train crossings. The construction area spans from just north of Z-Islander Apartments to just south of Clay Street.

  • WHAT: Wellborn Road Southbound Lane Closure
  • WHERE: Wellborn Road from Z-Islander to Clay Street
  • WHEN: August 7th through 9th

The second phase of the project includes restriping the lanes and installing new traffic signals. To accommodate this construction, the southbound lanes of Wellborn Road will be closed between the entrance to Reveille Ranch and Clay Street from August 7th to August 9th. One lane headed northbound will remain open. F&B Road between Wellborn Road and Finfeather Road/Agronomy Road will be closed to through traffic. Drivers headed westbound on Old College Road will only be able to turn right onto Wellborn Road during this phase of construction.

Please prepare to see significant changes to the layout of traffic lanes along Wellborn Road on or before August 14th. As drivers approach the F&B Road and Old College Road intersections from both the north and south, there will be new designated lanes for through, left turn, and right turn traffic at each intersection.

Drivers are encouraged to plan ahead, follow the posted detour signage, utilize alternate routes, and allow extra travel time during the construction period. In addition, drivers are asked to please use caution and pay special attention when traveling through the construction area.


JULY 18, 2017 – INITIAL PRESS RELEASE

To help reduce congestion and improve safety, contractors will begin the first phase in reconfiguring the north and southbound lanes of Wellborn Road at the intersections of Old College Road and F&B Road on Monday, July 24, 2017. The project includes a new asphalt roadway surface, new striping and signage, and new traffic signals, easing congestion during normal traffic flow and during train crossings. The construction area spans from just north of Z-Islander Apartments to just south of Clay Street. Alternate lane closures will occur daily from 8 AM until 5 PM and are anticipated to continue for approximately three weeks, weather permitting.

  • WHAT: Alternate Lane Closures
  • WHERE: Northbound and southbound lanes of Wellborn Road from Z-Islander to Clay Street
  • WHEN: July 24th through August 14th, 8 AM to 5 PM, Daily

The second phase of the project includes restriping the lanes and installing new traffic signals. To accommodate this construction, the southbound lanes of Wellborn Road will be closed between the entrance to Reveille Ranch and Clay Street. One lane headed northbound will remain open. It is anticipated this closure will take place August 7th through August 9th to allow for weather delays and still complete the project in advance of college student move-in.

Please prepare to see significant changes to the layout of traffic lanes along Wellborn Road on or before August 14th. As drivers approach the F&B Road and Old College Road intersections from both the north and south, there will be new designated lanes for through, left turn, and right turn traffic at each intersection.

Drivers are encouraged to plan ahead, follow the posted detour signage, utilize alternate routes, and allow extra travel time during the construction period. In addition, drivers are asked to please use caution and pay special attention when traveling through the construction area.


Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the purpose of this project?

The City of Bryan recognizes motorists experience significant delays along Wellborn Road due to lane design and that these delays are compounded by high train traffic at the F&B Road crossing. The new lane configuration will allow a separation of traffic making left-hand and right-hand turns from through traffic at two different intersections: Wellborn Road at F&B Road and Wellborn Road at Old College Road. The new lane configuration and new traffic signals will improve efficiency and reduce delays.

What is the current traffic situation?

Although not intentionally designed this way, the inside lanes of Wellborn Road currently function as left turn lanes. Anyone wishing to proceed through the intersections must change lanes and use the outside lane. Motorists turning left must wait for an adequate gap as the current lane and traffic signal configuration cannot accommodate a separate left-turn phase.

When a train is present, both F&B Road and Old College Road have red lights while Wellborn Road has green lights. A northbound motorist in the inside lane waiting to turn left prevents through traffic from using the inside lane. Similarly, a southbound motorist in the outside lane waiting to turn right prevents through vehicles from using that lane. Through motorists headed southbound are further impacted as they must also wait behind motorists turning left onto Old College Road or into apartment driveways.

Why is this so complicated?

The key to reducing delays is separating turning traffic from through traffic. We are reconfiguring the existing lanes so left turn lanes and right turn lanes can be added. The challenge is that the overall pavement width is only 52 feet and widening Wellborn Road to provide a fifth lane is not feasible.

From a safety perspective, restriping Wellborn Road from four lanes to five 10’ lanes is not appropriate.  National research shows that where traffic speeds are 45 MPH or higher, as they are on Wellborn Road, the risk of side swipe crashes increases when travel lanes are narrowed.

What is the City going to do?

The existing four lanes of Wellborn Road will be reassigned to provide designated turning lanes and through traffic lanes. With the addition of turn lanes, new flexible traffic signal timing plans can be implemented that respond to traffic volume by time of day and day of the week. These plans will be effective in improving traffic flow when a train is present.

What will I see as a driver?

For northbound motorists, the inside through lane merges into the outside lane at about Natalie Street. The inside lane becomes a separate left turn lane near Clay Street. At F&B Road, left turning motorists will have their own left turn signal and additional lane space to wait. Motorists wishing to go straight on Wellborn Road will remain in the right lane. Right turns onto Old College Road remain unchanged. At Z-Islander, the inside lane becomes a through lane for northbound traffic.

For southbound motorists, the outside through lane merges into the inside lane in front of Reveille Ranch. Then, three separate traffic lanes are provided:

  1. A left turn lane for Old College Road
    1. At Old College Road, motorists making a left turn will have their own left turn signal. Between Old College Road and F&B Road, another left turn lane forms to serve the apartment driveway with its own left turn signal.
  2. A through traffic lane past F&B Road
  3. A separate right turn only lane for F&B Road
    1. At F&B Road, right turning motorists will have their own right turn signal. A traffic island will be installed so motorists in the right turn lane must turn right onto F&B Road.

For eastbound F&B Road motorists, the lane configuration approaching Wellborn Road remains the same. Motorists will have an easier right turn move into an open lane if there are no pedestrians crossing Wellborn Road. A left turn signal is provided for eastbound to northbound movements.

For westbound apartment motorists, the lane configuration approaching Wellborn Road remains the same. A left turn signal is provided for westbound to southbound movements.

For westbound Old College Road motorists, the lane configuration approaching Wellborn Road remains the same. The traffic signals also remain the same.

When will these improvements be implemented?

Work will occur between July 24th and August 14th. Contractors will first mill off the top surface of Wellborn Road from just north of Z-Islander to just south of Clay Street. Next, contractors will lay the new asphalt roadway surface. Lastly, the lanes will be restriped and new traffic signal modifications will take place. New traffic signs advising motorists of the changes will be installed.

Once Wellborn Road reopens with the new lane configuration in place, staff will monitor traffic operations and make signal timing adjustments as needed. Bryan Police Officers will also monitor for compliance with the new traffic lanes and signals.

Who can I contact for more information?

Please contact the City of Bryan Traffic Operations at 979.209.5030.

 
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