FM 1179 Widening
The TxDOT Bryan District is developing plans to widen FM 1179 from Easterling Drive to FM 158 (Boonville Road) in Brazos County, Texas. The proposed improvements would enhance safety, reduce congestion, and improve mobility along the FM 1179 corridor, as well as modernize the roadway configuration to current design standards.
The project is being developed in collaboration with the Bryan/College Station Metropolitan Planning Organization (BCS MPO) to meet current and future traffic demand attributed to development growth in the area.
The existing FM 1179 is a two-lane roadway, one lane in each direction, with approximately 3 foot-wide outside shoulders. There are currently no sidewalks or bicycle accommodations within the project limits. The existing right of way along the project corridor is narrow, as little as approximately 80 feet wide.
Proposed FM 1179 improvements include the following:
- Widening the existing two-lane roadway to a four-lane roadway, two lanes in each direction separated by a raised median with dedicated left-turn lanes at selected intersections,
- Constructing roundabouts at the Coyote Run Road and Merka Road/Steep Hollow Road intersections,
- Providing pedestrian and bicycle accommodations within the project limits including construction of a Shared Use Path (SUP)—a wide sidewalk that can be used by both pedestrian and cyclists, and
- Adjusting the roadway alignment to current design standards.
The total length of the project is about 3.6 miles and approximately 39 acres of proposed right of way would be required for the project.
Ahead of this proposed widening project, an additional roadway rehabilitation project is planned along FM 1179 from FM 2038 to Easterling Drive and would include a full bridge replacement at Wickson Creek near Grassbur Road. The anticipated bid date for construction is summer of 2026.
The proposed FM 1179 widening project is in the preliminary design phase which includes developing the geometric schematic design and conducting environmental studies.
TxDOT is working closely with local stakeholders and the public to receive their input regarding project development. A public meeting is scheduled for late July 2023 to present the proposed project and related information and receive comments in an open house format.