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Drivers preparing for construction on Briarcrest Drive

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BRYAN- A $4.7 million dollar project is expected to start next week on one of the busiest streets in Bryan.

Briarcrest drive is getting a make over but during the process may cause a lot of headaches.

There's one thing everyone knows about Briarcrest Drive.

"This is a very busy street," Maria Salinas said.

"If you come around here at 5 o'clock it's a nightmare and usually like right at lunchtime,"said Denise Vajdak.

A busy street that will soon be wider and able to hold more vehicles.

"The contractor is adding right turn lanes, a raised median, including storm water, pave and curb, gutter, and sidewalks along this area," Bob Colwell with TxDot said.

According to TxDoT, 50,000 vehicles travel down Briarcrest Drive everyday and that's why they are installing new signals as well to help traffic flow.

Starting Monday contractors will begin upgrading the signals at the Oakridge intersection and move east toward Highway 6. But more construction means more traffic.

Marie Salinas drives down Briarcrest every week. "I believe it will be very hectic and individuals are going to have to find another route," Salinas said. 

TxDot says to expect lane closure from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Drivers like Denis Vajdak say the construction is worth the head ache now to have a better flow of traffic in the long run.

"It's always good to have expansion and to be able to make the traffic flow go better." Vajdak said, "It's tough when construction is going on, but once it's finished its nice."

The Briarcrest Drive project is expected to be finished by late August of 2013.