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Major Changes on the Way for Marsha Sharp Freeway Project

Traffic patterns on the Loop 289 portion of the Marsha Sharp Freeway project will change significantly next week as The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) prepares to open the new frontage roads along each side of the Loop.

Changes include closing Frankford Avenue on the southwest side of the Loop, moving traffic from the old frontage roads to the new system, relocating exit and entrance ramps, and lowering speed limits along the project.

The traffic change that will impact Lubbock drivers the most is the closing of Frankford Avenue at 49th Street on the southwest side of the Loop just south of the Brownfield Highway.

Frankford will be closed permanently at this location as of Monday, January 19. Northbound Frankford Avenue traffic will be detoured to 49th Street west then on to Homestead to eventually connect to the Brownfield Highway. This is a temporary detour that will end when the 50th Street interchange is completed next year, but the Frankford closing is permanent.

Other major traffic changes to take place next week include:

  • Moving the northbound and southbound Loop 289 frontage road traffic from the old frontage road to the new system just south of the Brownfield Highway. The old frontage road will be closed.
  • TxDOT will also open the southbound frontage road from 34th Street to Spur 327.
  • Opening a new Brownfield Highway exit ramp for northbound Loop traffic about one-half mile south of the existing ramp. Traffic moving northbound on Loop 289 will now exit between 53rd and 56th Street. The old Brownfield Highway exit will be closed.
  • Opening a temporary Brownfield Highway exit for southbound Loop traffic about one-mile north of the existing ramp. This is a temporary opening. This ramp will be closed when the construction is completed.
  • Temporarily closing the southbound Loop 289 entrance ramp just south of 34th Street. This is a temporary closure. The ramp will be opened when the construction is completed.
  • The existing cloverleaf entrance ramp from the Brownfield Highway to the north Loop main lanes will be closed. West- and eastbound Brownfield Highway traffic will have direct access to the south- and northbound frontage roads. Access to Loop main lanes from the northbound frontage road has been moved from the Brownfield Highway location to north of 34th Street.

Major traffic changes made last week:

  • The exit ramp from Spur 327 to the northbound frontage road of Loop 289 (in front of Home Depot) has been closed. Westbound traffic on South Loop 289 can still access Spur 327. That exit ramp will remain open. But once on the Spur, traffic will be denied access to the northbound frontage road. Drivers needing access to the frontage road will need to take the westbound Slide Road exit. Frontage road traffic traveling west in front of J.C. Penney’s can still access Spur 327.
  • Installation of traffic signals at 50th Street and Frankford on the southwest side of the Loop.

For more information (click here) to see a map.  You will need Acrobat to view.

In addition, the speed limits on the Loop project have been lowered to 50 mph.

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