Construction down the road for Brownwood's Austin Avenue

Austin Ave. Construction

BROWNWOOD, Texas - Brownwood's Austin Avenue is set to undergo construction at the end of September.

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDot) has decided to expand one of the city's highly used roads from two lanes into four. 

"Our primary goal is safety and this is one of the big reasons for this project," TxDot public information officer Darah Waldrip said. "This will definitely increase safety and circulation of traffic in the area."

However, the process of expanding first requires shrinking. During road repairs, only one lane will be open for drivers going in each direction.

"The lanes will be narrow so we advise drivers to be patient, be cautious and be aware when driving through the work zone," Waldrip said.

Some Brownwood residents said they're not looking forward to any congestion.

"That's certainly going to slow down the traffic," Brownwood resident Sam Coursey said. "Theres a lot of traffic going back and forth from work and that's our main artery for Brownwood. But after it's done, it's going to be better for everybody."

Mark Cope is one of many Brownwood residents who takes Austin Avenue to get to work. "I think there's a little bit of inconvenience but it's necessary." Cope said Austin Avenue is also his daily route to check on his mom.

Coursey added, "I kind of feel sorry for all the people who are going to lose part of their front yard."

Widening lanes means TxDot had to go through a process of property acquisition but Waldrip said the organization is doing their best to accommodate everyone's needs. Crews have been doing utility work to prepare for the upcoming construction.

Construction will take place towards south of Brownwood, from Norwood Street to Brooks Avenue. The roughly $4.5 million dollar project is expected to be done by the spring of 2015.

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