LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The city of Lubbock is surrounded with road work, so we're finding out when some of those projects are scheduled to wrap-up. Crews continue work on the Marsha Sharp Freeway overpass at Slide Road. It is one of the final pieces crews need to complete to allow traffic to flow freely in both lanes from Milwaukee Avenue to Avenue L.
Work continues on the east bound lanes of the overpass, but there's good news. TxDOT is looking to open the lanes up late this month or earlier next month. That should ease some of the congestion in this area, but there's more work ahead for the Marsha Sharp Freeway.
"Fortunately, we were able to get some additional money to begin on phase four. We should be seeing construction begin around March of 2010. We're anticipating about 34 months of construction for phase four, which will complete the Marsha Sharp Freeway from Avenue L to Interstate-27," TxDOT Public Information Officer Dianah Ascencio said.
There are still plans for a phase five, which would take the freeway through Wolfforth, but Ascencio says they're still several years away from seeing any real work being done on phase five.
In the meantime, drivers are urged to use caution in all of the area's work zones. TxDOT asks folks to slow down and follow posted work zone speed limits. Speeding is one of the major causes of work zone crashes.
Pay attention, workers and heavy equipment may only be a few feet from your vehicle. Be patient, and plan ahead so you can reach your destination on time. Also, remember fines double in work zones.
Of course the Marsha Sharp Freeway isn't the only area under construction right now. We're also seeing more work on Interstate-27. Crews continue to close lanes for maintenance, which is being paid for with stimulus funds.
"It preserves the roadway; it gives it a much longer lasting life and yes it's an easier, smoother ride for your vehicle," Ascencio said.
Further north on Interstate-27, we're seeing more bridge work. In New Deal, they're replacing the overpasses, and TxDOT anticipates that work will take until December of next year.
TxDOT says once these projects are complete, don't expect the orange barrels to disappear. "People can anticipate there being construction cones and barrels, especially on the west side of town and here in the near future on the east side of town with phase four of the Marsha Sharp Freeway at the Interstate, but we do have a lot of good projects in the works. It's all going to improve mobility in the area," Ascencio said.