Road work on the ballot for Lubbock voters - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/21/09

Road work on the ballot for Lubbock voters

By Ben Lawson  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Day three of early voting starts up later this morning. In Lubbock, voters will decide if $43-million for road improvements will move forward.

Nearly half of that money would be used to re-construct 34th Street. The proposal would expand on the work being done right now at 34th and University. The intersection is being rebuilt using money from a 2004 bond election.

If approve, this latest bond would rebuild 34th from University, west to Indiana, and east to Avenue Q with full, concrete reconstruction. "Business men and women of 34th have been working towards this, upwards of 5 years. This street's been utilized as a place of commerce for over 50 years," 34th Street Association President Kevin Watson said.

"The curbs and gutters are almost non-existent. They've been washed away over the years and years of flood water and ice, snow, rain," 34th Street Association Member Andy Turner said.

Also included in this bond proposal are street improvements in south Lubbock. Crews would strip-pave 98th from Juneau to Milwaukee with three-lanes of asphalt. They would also re-construct Milwaukee from 94th to 104th with seven-lanes of concrete, then continue south to 114th with two lanes of asphalt paving.

Quaker would also be re-constructed using concrete with six lanes, plus a turn lane from 98th to 114th, including a full intersection at 114th with signals and street lighting. 114th would be strip-paved with three lanes of asphalt from University to Slide.

The bond also requests nearly $5-million for a system upgrade to the city's traffic signal system. That would include new software, and possible video detection for timing enhancement.

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