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5 things to watch at Thursday’s city council meetings

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

The College Station City Council gathers Thursday at city hall for its workshop (about 5 p.m.) and regular (6 p.m.) meetings.

Here are five items to watch:

  1. Economic Development: In the workshop, the council will review the city’s economic development efforts and discuss ways to enhance College Station’s economic competitiveness.
  2. Parking Removals: In separate items, the council will consider a trio of ordinance amendments to remove stopping, standing, and parking along Poplar Street, Live Oak Street, Ash Street, Nimitz Street, Langford, King Arthur, Guadalupe, and Lancelot to provide emergency vehicle access; and Edelweiss Avenue during pickup and dropoff times at Rock Prairie Elementary.
  3. Wellborn-Holleman Intersection: The council will consider an advance funding agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation for improvements at the Wellborn Road-Holleman Drive intersection.
  4. Southwood Valley Sewer Line: The council will consider a $1.22 million contract with Palasota Contracting for the Southwood Valley Trunk Line Phase 1 Project that will increase capacity for development.
  5. Gateway Signage: The council will consider a $149,486 contract with JaCody Construction for a gateway sign to be located just north of Peach Creek Cutoff along State Highway 6 within TxDOT right-of-way.

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About the Blogger

Colin Killian has been with the City of College Station since 2010 after serving 23 years as associate media relations director for the Texas A&M Athletics Department. Killian has also worked as a reporter and editor for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and Lewisville News. A native of Hobbs, N.M., he graduated from Texas Tech with a bachelor’s degree in journalism/political science.


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Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (Feb. 14)

Sitting (L-R): Mayor Pro Tem Linda Harvell, Mayor Karl Mooney, Eleanor Vessali. Standing (L-R): Bob Brick, Jerome Rektorik, John Nichols, Dennis Maloney.

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Feb. 14. It’s not the official minutes.

The meetings can be watched live on Suddenlink channel 19 or online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.

5:14 p.m.

The workshop has started. No action was taken out of the executive session.

5 things to watch at Thursday’s city council meetings

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

The College Station City Council gathers Thursday at city hall for its workshop (5 p.m.) and regular (6 p.m.) meetings.

Here are five items to watch: (more…)

TXDOT: Expect delays next week near FM2818-FM60 intersection

By Bobby Colwell, Texas Department of Transportation

Motorists can expect delays next week near the intersection of FM 2818 (Harvey Mitchell Parkway) and FM 60 (University Drive/Raymond Stotzer Parkway). Pavement surface reconstruction will require limiting traffic to one lane each direction on FM 60 and closing the Turkey Creek eastbound on-ramp near Easterwood Airport.

The closures will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday and remain in place until Thursday afternoon. Police officers will be present at each end of the FM 60 overpass to assist with traffic due to the lack of left-turn lanes.

The work is required to switch traffic to the next phase of construction. This phase will last until mid-April, weather permitting. Motorists will not have access to the direct ramps that connect to FM 60 and FM 2818. All maneuvers will use the t-intersection for turning movements.

Drivers can expect this to cause traffic to back up during peak traffic times. TXDOT advises motorists to use alternate routes to avoid delays.

The work is part of the construction of one of only three Diverging Diamond Interchanges (DDI) in Texas. The $14.1 million project is contracted to Knife River Corporation-South and is scheduled to be finished in January of 2019. Traffic is expected to shift into the new DDI configuration in the fall.

TXDOT and its contractor appreciate your patience during construction.

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TXDOT starts work Monday on interchange project (March 3, 2017)


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.

Lomax explains how citizens can express opinions and concerns that could ultimately influence Texas Department of Transportation designs and plans for the intersection.

  • 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

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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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TxDOT starts work Monday on Harvey Mitchell-University Drive interchange project


The Texas Department of Transportation begins work Monday on the reconstruction of the bridge and intersections at University Drive (FM60) and Harvey Mitchell Parkway (FM2818). The project will address congestion and improve safety at the intersections and the entrance and exit ramps.

The $13.8 million project is expected to take about 25 months to complete and will result in the third Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) in Texas. The others DDIs in Texas are on I-35 in Round Rock and San Marcos.

University Drive closed during spring break

University Drive from Research Parkway to Turkey Creek Road will be completely closed from midnight Friday, March 10, until 6 a.m. Monday, March 20, to allow for full-depth pavement reconstruction. To reach Easterwood Airport’s main terminal, motorists should access Turkey Creek Road from HSC Parkway or F&B Road.

“The depth of the excavation and the allowable space across the bridge — in addition to the multiple interchanges in the area — would make it very difficult to safely construct with adjacent vehicles at highway speeds,” TxDOT’s Bob Colwell said. “The alternative is several weeks of nighttime closures that would result in higher project cost and more traveler delays.

“While inconvenient to drivers, the short-term closure during spring break will allow our contractor to reconstruct the pavement more efficiently while providing added protection for drivers and the worker. We thank everyone for their patience.”

Here’s TxDOT’s video simulation that illustrates how the new interchange will work:

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