Safety and roads important to voters, Proposition 1 & 2 pass - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/3/09

Safety and roads important to voters, Proposition 1 & 2 pass

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By Ann Wyatt Little - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Road improvements and public safety were important to the majority of voters who cast ballots in this year's election. Fire stations and road improvements were on voter's minds when they went to the ballot box but when can you expect to start seeing these new changes?

NewsChannel 11's Ann Wyatt Little reports from where the majority of the money voters approved Tuesday will be spent.

The two mile stretch of 34th Street from Avenue Q to Indiana is where the majority of the $43 million will be spent. For those of you who drive up and down, or even walk these sidewalks all of it will be re-paved.

The members of the 34th Street Association couldn't be happier as they watched the results come in. They say they are pleased with the numbers and thank voters.

The group hopes that construction will not interfere with local business' day to day operations. They won't have to worry about construction for at least the next year or year and a half. Mayor Tom Martin says plans for 34th Street construction must be drawn up, approved and then companies will bid on the projects. He says he is pleased the two propositions passed. He says Proposition 2 will build three new fire stations which will make Southwest Lubbock neighborhoods safer.

"Obviously if you happen to live in a section of town where the fire department has more than five minutes response time to your house you don't have the same level of protection," says Mayor Martin.

He says the plan is to build one fire station each year for the next three years and hopes the first station opens in November 2010. He says it takes time to train and hire new firefighters and about a year to receive new equipment.

Mayor Martin says there is one road project voters approved by supporting Proposition 1 that will start earlier than the others and that is the expansion of Quaker Avenue to six lanes from 98th Street to 114th Street. He says plans are nearly complete and expects the bidding for the contract to start in January.

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