Miscommunication blamed for University construction problems - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/8/10

Miscommunication blamed for University construction problems

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By Michael Slother - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Plans to implement lane changes along South University Tuesday morning have changed, yet again. North and southbound traffic between South Loop 289 and 82nd Street were originally scheduled to move to the new inside lanes during the night.

KCBD NewsChannel 11 learned that southbound traffic will use the inside lane and northbound traffic will continue use the outside lanes on Wednesday. City engineers will meet with the contractors on Wednesday to come up with a solution to the confusion.

As of Tuesday night, driveways were created off the inside southbound lane to allow limited access to businesses. The city originally planned on these driveways being ready for Tuesday.
"There was a failure to communicate along this project for today and yesterday," said city councilman Paul Beane.

City leaders and the contractor working on the construction had different ideas about what "access to the businesses" meant. The city expected driveways off of University and the contractor thought that the entrances behind businesses were sufficient.

"He [contractor] was thinking that the traffic could come thru the neighborhoods and I was thinking that they would be coming off of university to the side driveways of the businesses and it was just a misunderstanding between the two of us," said Keith Smith, an engineer with the city of Lubbock.

KCBD NewsChannel 11 will follow Wednesday's meeting between city officials and the contractors and bring you updates as they become available.

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