Heavy Construction Plans Cause Portion of Loop to Close - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/17/04

Heavy Construction Plans Cause Portion of Loop to Close

High above the Lubbock sky, you'll see all the work being done to the Loop 289 in phase one for the Marsha Sharp Freeway. Texas Department of Transportation is about to close the Loop between 34th Street and Slide Road. Traffic patterns will change dramatically.

West Loop 289 Traffic Changes
Take a close look at the changes that travelers of the West Loop 289 can expect to see until 2005.

All traffic will be directed to frontage roads. For instance, all traffic will leave the Loop through the Spur 327 exit. A new road has been built to carry traffic to the Brownfield Highway. This is where it gets tricky. The Brownfield Highway underpass will be shut down completely. The bridge is being rebuilt. So, if you want to get across, you will have to take the new 34th Street turn around.

Then, if you are heading East on the Loop, you will be taking the new Slide Road Ramp Exit that will take you to the frontage roads.

TXDOT says construction will take 14 months. Ron Baker, an engineer with TXDOT say it is the best way to execute one of the hardest phases of the Marsha Sharp Freeway. Plus, he says they're saving money. "By accomplishing that at the same time, we don't need any temporary retaining walls. We saved $3 million in temporary retaining walls at the same time," said Baker.

Crews are phasing in the changes just in time for them to be put in place for your morning commute this Thursday.

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