LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – The Lubbock city council celebrated a major mile-stone in the northwest passage project. Members cut the ribbon on improvements made to Erskine Avenue and Slide Road Thursday, and it is just the beginning of things to come for that part of town.
If you don't live or drive around Northwest Lubbock it may just seem like a road but for those who do live there the construction means access to new schools, homes and businesses.
"I'm sure everyone is excited because the construction has been there for months and months," said Mariah Gomez who lives right off Erskine Avenue. She has noticed the sea of orange cones start to shrink. "I'm excited it allows me to go where I need to quicker."
"I know a lot of citizens are saying finally but we are actually ahead of schedule on this project," said Marsha Reed, chief operations officer for the city of Lubbock. "This side of Lubbock was pretty much blocked off."
The Northwest Passage Project is one that Mayor Tom Martin believes will pave the way to a stronger, bigger Lubbock. "It was critical for our cities well being but also LISD. This area you see has room for another 3000 homes," said Martin.
LISD has plans for new schools in the area which would bring new jobs to town, growth that Gomez is excited about. "I'm just glad Lubbock is growing and there are more streets to get where I need to go."
Phase three includes the new Slide Road overpass at Loop 289, which is on track to open next spring.
The $18.5 million project of Erskine Street and Slide Road began in September 2008 and had a completion date of October of this year.