TxDOT to spend $145 Million on South Plains roads in 2019

$145 million budgeted for road projects in 2019

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Over the next year the Texas Department of Transportation is expected to spend $145 million across Lubbock and the surrounding counties, which will fund dozens of projects.

The first project that’s underway right now will start in Hockley County near Levelland at FM 300, and will run all the way to Brownfield in Terry County. On this stretch of road crews will be adding passing lanes. This will hopefully speed up traffic and reduce crashes. This project will cost $27.6 million.

Another big project this year will focus on widening the roadway. Construction will run from FM 114, or 19th street in Lubbock County, down 179 to Donald Preston Drive in Wolfforth, next to Frenship High School. This project is expected to start in February, and will cost an estimate $17 million.

The third big project of the year will be right here in Lubbock, on East Loop 289. That project will start at U.S. 85, and will run all the way to U.S. 62/82. Crews will hopefully begin this at the start of summer. TxDot is estimated to spend $12 million on this summer project.

Dianah Ascencio with the Department of Transportation says this is all the start of some much needed updates.

“I think that we’ve had a little bit of a lull with the completion of the Marsha Sharp Freeway, we haven’t had very many cones and construction," Ascencio said. "But now that we’re resurfacing the east loop and we have a project on FM 179, Lubbock drivers may see a little more orange cones and barrels around the city.”

Across Lubbock County, TxDOT also says that they will be seal coating over 400 miles of roadway. That project will begin once temperatures are warm enough.

And of course, we also continue to follow the progress of Loop 88. Right now TxDot is in the middle of acquiring right of way for many business, some of which, as we told you last night, have already shut their doors.

Construction on Loop 88 is expected to start in 2021, and will run well into the next decade.

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