LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Just as all the lanes on University reopen, another road project begins right around the corner. Traffic is now down to one lane on 82nd Street for about a half mile and neighbors and businesses in the area are just starting to adjust.
The cones are set from University to Flint and crews are ready to start rebuilding 82nd Street. "So once we are done, we should be done for a very long time, once we get in there and get this built," said Marsha Reed, Lubbock Chief Operating Officer.
Robert Storrs lives on 80th Street and he made a point to attend the town hall meeting on Tuesday about the construction, to voice his worries. "I was concerned about the children in our neighborhood and the fact that our neighborhood is bypass of the road construction," said Storrs.
First, the entire center section of the street will be rebuilt, so traffic will be one way in each direction with no cross-overs until it is complete.
"Mayor Martin promised us that the motorcycle police would be working this area very carefully to kind of slow that down for us," said Storrs.
Dion's Pizza Operations Manager David Galbraith says his restaurant has already started preparing. "We did get a letter, a representative came out and talked to us a little bit about it, so we will get one entrance and we'll be able to buy cones to state where people can leave and enter our restaurant," said Galbraith.
"So our goal is to provide you access that what you need to get into and out of your businesses and to do that the best way we can," said Reed.
During the University Construction, Galbraith says they visited with other businesses to see how it affected them. "It seemed not to hurt them too bad, so we are optimistic that our customers will continue to come back," said Galbraith.
As for Storrs, he says he hopes customers will find a way to get to the nearby businesses despite all of the orange cones. "We would hate to lose our grocery store and our other restaurants, movie theater and stuff too over this."
There are two phases to this construction project, the second phase is expected to be complete in March.
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