Construction on W. Loop 289 & 4th Street has some businesses frustrated - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/29/09

Construction on W. Loop 289 & 4th Street has some businesses frustrated

By Katie Bauer  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - On Tuesday, a Lubbock intersection and parts of west Loop 289 will be completely closed off for more than a year. TxDOT will close a portion of West Loop 289 and 4th Street in order to widen the roadways. Drivers will not be able to get from one side of 4th Street to the other without extended detours, and this has one local business worried.

"It's going to be frustrating for our customers and for us too," said City Bank Vice President and Branch Manager Peggy Williams of the 4th Street location.  

Williams is concerned that for more than a year her customers will not be able to access the bank as conveniently as they are used to.

"As anybody in Lubbock is aware, anytime you plan your trip going to and from, you try to avoid construction," said Williams.   

But for customers to get to City Bank on 4th Street construction is exactly what they will have to deal with.

"I know it is going to be an inconvenience for about 15-months but in the end, traffic will flow much better through that area," said Dianah Ascencio with TxDOT.

Ascencio says east bound 4th Street traffic will be detoured onto the southbound Loop 289 frontage roads to the U-turn at Frankford Avenue. Westbound 4th Street traffic will be directed onto the northbound Loop 289 frontage roads to a temporary U-turn between Slide Road and Quaker Avenue.

To put this in perspective, on 4th Street drivers will no longer be able to cross under the overpass at Loop 289.  In fact the bridge will be demolished and rebuilt bigger to accommodate more drivers. All West Loop traffic will be detoured onto the frontage roads between Frankford and Quaker Avenues.

Williams wants City Bank customers to remember, "We have six other locations in town and if this location is not convenient for the next few months than City Bank can take care of your business at any other locations," said Williams.

Williams agrees that all of the cones and flashing lights will be worth it in the end.

"We're looking forward to a 4th Street that accommodates more people," said Williams.

The West Loop will be widened from four lanes to six lanes and the 4th Street intersection will include U-turn lanes.

This project is expected to be complete by December 2010.

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