More construction in the Hub City, windshield repair businesses - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/24/10

More construction in the Hub City, windshield repair businesses boom

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By Katie Bauer  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Too many motorists, it seems Lubbock is turning into one big cone zone, and now more construction is on the way. We also found it seems to be causing more damage to people's cars. 

Texas Department of Transportation is less than a week away from starting a new project along the South Loop.

The good news is, the majority of this work will take place overnight. Starting Sunday night various lanes will be blocked off in both directions of the frontage roads, from Slide all the way to I-27.

While the sight of these orange cones may be all too familiar, for some windshield repair shops, business is booming.

"It's been great, it has been, you kind of hate to say that," said Ruben Lara, general manager of Glass Magic. Lara says all of the construction in the Hub City has only helped his business.

"Everywhere you go it seems like they are either re-paving or something on the Loop or everywhere, so it's constantly rock chips," said Lara.

Once your car is chipped by a rock, windshield repairs are needed. "As they are doing construction, there are rocks in the road, tires pick the rocks up, and throw it in the windshield," said Allen Scott, owner of A.S. Dent Shop. Scott says when those rocks crack your windows, it's best to take care of them immediately.

"You never know when you are going to get a rock chip, but the probably with not fixing it is it can crack the windshield and then you may have to replace the windshield," said Scott.

A replacement that could end up costing hundreds of dollars.  If you are avoiding certain construction zones in the Hub City, add the South Loop frontage roads to your list. These repairs will start Sunday night at 8:00 PM.

"There are various lane closures that you might see if you are traveling on the frontage roads overnight," said Dianah Ascencio with Texas Department of Transportation.

The lanes will be reopened by 7:00 AM and construction will not take place on Friday and Saturday nights. So while construction continues throughout Lubbock, the windshield repair guys say they will stay busy. "You never know, it's just the nature of the beast, where they hit, how they hit, how hot it is, the only thing is to get them fixed as quick as possible," said Lara.

It's also important to check your insurance coverage before you pay out of pocket for window repairs. Some policies will cover the cost so they don't have to pay for a replacement down the road.

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