New study shows outer route or "loop" is needed - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/20/10

New study shows outer route or "loop" is needed

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By James Clark | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Lubbock, as of Tuesday morning, is one step closer to an outer route, sometimes informally called an "outer loop".  The results of a recent study were presented to the Metropolitan Planning Organization.  It shows that if done right an outer route is feasible.

"The recommendation is yes you do need an outer loop at some point," says John Leonard with the MPO. "It is feasible to do so."

Leonard goes on to say, "The recommendation is for an interim four lane highway.  There were some different corridors or routes that might be good alternatives and a few that were shown not to be.  The next step would be to have an actual route study."

"Were going to propose some type of facility through here, it could be a freeway," says Jerry Cash with the Lubbock office of TxDOT.  "It could be a divided highway"

Cash says one way or another there will be a major road to Lubbock's south and west.  "That way we can acquire the land in advanced and we can also let people know that we have something going on here."

The idea of an outer route has been controversial with many folks are asking "why is it needed?"  Such comments have been made during public hearings in September 2009 and at other times.

But MPO members and local TxDOT officials have said the idea is not to build an outer route right now, but instead to plan ahead for Lubbock's needs in the decades to come.

Michael Slother contributed to this report.

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