City plans to pave over Main Street - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/26/09

City plans to pave over Main Street

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Main Street will soon look a little different. Construction starts Monday morning to remove those red bricks Lubbock residents have seen for decades. The new street will be smoother to drive on and cheaper to maintain, but some Lubbock residents say the city is ripping away history.

Driving down Main Street now is a bumpy ride that dates all the way to the Great Depression. "During that time, there were a lot of federal programs to put people to work because of the wide spread unemployment and depressed economy. So, a lot of the streets were built using hand labor, laying bricks," said Lubbock Mayor Tom Martin 

That history is why Lubbock resident T.J. Whittington says the city should leave the brick streets. "They've taken out a lot of the older buildings, and replaced them with new, so this is one of the only things that we do have that's history here. I think they should leave it," she said. 

However, the city will begin repaving Main Street between Avenue Q and Avenue O Monday morning. Later, they plan to repave the rest of the street, as well as other brick streets downtown.

Diana Hernandez, couldn't be happier, "to me, the bricks, it's history. It's over. It's done. Let's just hurry up and get it done with." She can't wait to drive on a new and improved street. "It's real rough and bumpy. You just feel like your brake pads and everything else is messing up, just tearing up your car really bad," said Hernandez. 

Martin says the new street will save you the taxpayer money, "we do our best to maintain our history, but we also have new modern ways of doing things, and in this case, in street paving, we have much more cost effective and longer lasting ways of doing streets."

The city will not pave over Broadway. That street in the heart of downtown will preserve the history.

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