Drivers Cope with West Loop Construction Changes - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/20/04

Drivers Cope with West Loop Construction Changes

Drivers put West Loop construction changes to the test first thing Thursday morning. Orange cones, barrels and barricades lined the highway, as drivers were sent off in both directions, between 34th street and Slide Road.

"We had to go around to get through this by 34th Street cause we came from 50th street," said one motorist. But, drivers say the changes were easy to follow and came as no surprise. "I noticed it in the paper and on the television, it's been very well documented that you needed to make alternate plans."

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.

Just before eight on Thursday morning, traffic for drivers coming into Lubbock on the Brownfield Highway was a little bit slow. But the good thing is there's no stop lights so they just slowly merge into the traffic on the loop access road.

"Everything moved real smoothly, about another 15 minutes to get to where I need to go," said one driver.  TX-DOT has been preparing for this switch and trying to make it a smooth transition, some drivers say the change is a relief.

"It took about two minutes to get here, usually because of all the construction it takes us a long time to get here, but the new detour had no lights so we just moved around really quickly. But the construction's been really crappy," said another morning commuter.

So all construction headaches aside, traffic adjusted well to the access roads on day one. TX-DOT estimates construction to last until the end of next year.

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