LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Wednesday is the start of major construction in northwest Lubbock that will close the 4th Street bridge.
For more than a year, the Texas Department of Transportation will close a portion of West Loop 289 and 4th Street to expand roadways. Crews will demolish both 4th Street bridges and say during construction, closing the intersection is the safest way to complete the project.
East bound 4th Street traffic will be detoured onto the southbound Loop frontage roads to the u-turn at Frankford and directed back to 4th Street.
West bound 4th Street traffic will be directed onto the northbound loop frontage roads to a temporary u-turn between Slide Road and Quaker Avenue.
For example, you will not be able to travel from Wal-Mart on 4th Street under the west Loop to the United Supermarket at 4th and Slide Road.
"I know its going to be an inconvenience for about 15 months but in the end traffic will flow much better through that area," says Dianah Ascencio with TxDOT.
To help ease congestion TxDOT re-paved and re-striped the frontage roads to accommodate three lanes of traffic instead of two. TxDOT plans to turn traffic signals off for north and southbound traffic to keep traffic flowing.
The project is expected to be complete by December 2010.
Coming up on NewsChannel 11 at 6, we'll take a look at how this construction will affect businesses in that area.
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