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1/19/04

Freeway Project Changes Travel Routes

Progress on the Marsha Sharp Freeway Project could throw a kink into some of your usual travel routes. One of the biggest changes is a good one and it starts at the Brownfield Highway and Loop 289. Two new roads have been opened giving drivers access to loop 289 frontage roads from the Brownfield Highway.

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The changes don't stop there. Starting Monday, a portion of Frankford Avenue no longer exists. The street was permanently closed in both directions from 49th street to the Brownfield Highway. That means drivers will be forced to take a detour down 49th, then turn right onto Homestead and connect with the Brownfield Highway that way. Penny Mason, from Lubbock's office of the Texas Department of Transportation says, "It's a very short detour so it won't take much more time to get to where they need to go."

The next change comes in the heavy construction zone off Spur 327. Don't plan on exiting Spur 327 to get to the frontage road in front of Home Depot. That exit is closed. Mason says, "If you need to access the northbound frontage road, you'll have to go through the Slide Road intersection to get there.

Next, a warning of changes to come in another part of town. Mason says, "This week they're going to get started on the Texas Tech Parkway and it's an $8.3 million project. They should have set up barricades last week and we should get work started this week. The Texas Tech Parkway is a new highway that will run from 19th Street to the North Loop. The new Tech Parkway will eventually replace Indiana Avenue's route through the Texas Tech campus. There are no lane or road closures as of right now.

Remember speed limits along the project are just 50 miles per hour for good reason. Just last week a construction vehicle and another car had a head on collision after the car ignored some barricades off Spur 327. So, try not to get frustrated, TxDOT officials say progress is ahead of schedule and they say in the long run all this construction will make traffic flow more smoothly.

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