Podcast: The future of Bush/Wellborn and why your opinion matters
By Jay Socol, Public Communications Director
In this edition of the College Station podcast, Texas A&M Transportation Institute Research Fellow Dr. Tim Lomax takes us through what will be one of the most impactful transportation projects ever planned for College Station: a proposed three-tier underpass at the intersection of George Bush Drive and Wellborn Road.
While the project is still a few years away, Lomax already is part of a team that’s genuinely seeking citizen feedback about things like construction schedules and duration of closures.
- 01:13 – Project might begin in 2022, after widening of FM2818
- 02:58 – What can or should be done at Bush/Wellborn?
- 05:29 – What the intersection could look like in the future
- 09:08 – Digging three stories down? Sounds complicated…
- 11:10 – What citizens are being asked to do right now. 24/7 construction? Phased work?
- 15:00 – People seem to want it done FAST (duh)
- 19:00 – What about traffic control and cut-throughs during construction?
- 20:16 – Talks with Texas A&M about possible changes to worker hours, class hours, classroom locations, parking locations, etc.
- 21:35 – Are special design elements possible?
- 23:47 – Is the proposed design already in use in some other city?
- 25:02 – Funding not yet identified. Estimated cost: $40 million+
- 26:48 – What surprises lurk three stories below ground?
- 28:00 – How can people voice opinions or concerns?
- 31:13 – BONUS COMMENT: Lomax avoids left turns
About the Blogger
Jay Socol (@jaysocol) is in his eighth year as College Station’s public communications director. A 1991 graduate of Texas A&M. Jay has also been communications director for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, public information officer for the City of Bryan, and news director at several Bryan-College Station area radio stations. A native of Breckenridge, he also serves as president of the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers.
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