Expect major detour in downtown Brady

Traveling through downtown Brady will be taking on a new look in the very near future. Motorists can expect a major detour to be put into effect in the next few days. The exact start date has not yet been determined, but it could be as soon as Wednesday morning. With the total reconstruction of U.S. Hwy. 87 South from Bridge Street west almost to the entrance to the fire department, all traffic coming through the square will be rerouted through a predetermined detour route. Construction on the project will affect the southwest portion of the square and it is scheduled to begin in the near future. Crews from Reece Albert Construction in San Angelo have already begun making the necessary preparations as they created temporary fixes for several large dips in the road at various intersections along the detour route. As soon as the contractor receives the word to commence with the detour, all traffic coming through the downtown area will be affected and will be required to follow the predetermined route. The detour will route northbound traffic from U.S. 87 South around the east side of the courthouse to U.S. Hwy. 377 North. Travelers continuing north on Hwy. 87 toward San Angelo may turn west on First Street and proceed to High Street where they can turn north and then west onto Hwy. 87. All eastbound traffic on Hwy. 87 from San Angelo can turn south on High Street, left on First Street and then south again at the intersection of Hwy. 87 south that goes to Mason. All eastbound traffic from San Angelo going to U.S. 377 toward Brownwood can exit north on High Street to Main Street to the traffic light at the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 377. This will also give motorists access to the east side of the square. All southbound traffic on U.S. Hwy. 377 from Brownwood will be routed west down Main Street to High Street to U.S. Hwy 87 North to San Angelo or from U.S. Hwy. 377 routed around the east side of the courthouse down Blackburn to First Street to U.S. Hwy. 87 south to Mason. All traffic will be set up for two-way traffic. Barricades and route signs will be provided to guide motorists through the detour. Parking along the detour route will be highly restricted and businesses and motorists are urged to use extreme caution in the area. The estimated work time for the completion of the project is 30 days weather permitting. For any additional information on the detour, contact the Texas Department of Transportation at 597-3345.

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