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Lubbock councilman worried about pedestrian safety along Ave. Q

Lubbock City Councilman Floyd Price Lubbock City Councilman Floyd Price

A Lubbock city councilman says an accident in central Lubbock on Wednesday proves the area needs changes.

Just two days ago, the Texas Department of Transportation held a meeting to address safety concerns on Avenue Q.

The department has proposed building center medians between 19th Street and 50th Street because it says pedestrian accidents there are a recurring problem.

Police responded to the latest one Wednesday afternoon around 3:30 p.m.

Councilmen Floyd Price, along with many others, believe center medians along Avenue Q could help prevent accidents like this in the future.

However, some business owners are against the change.

Lubbockites know Avenue Q and 19th Street is a busy intersection with lots of traffic, including foot traffic.

On Wednesday afternoon, a pedestrian was hit by a car and rushed to the hospital with serious injuries.

It's just one of nearly a dozen accidents reported by TxDOT since 2011.

"We knew that there was a safety issue along Avenue Q, so we did apply for some safety funds and we did receive money. The next step for us is to come up with a construction or project plan to build medians along several areas along US 84," said Public Information Officer for the Department, Dianah Ascencio.

However, some business owners are concerned that medians could affect traffic coming into their stores.

Councilman Floyd Price is for the change but also understands the concerns of business owners.

"When we put the median in, let's make sure that there's some exit and entrance points to the businesses down there so they can come in and out of those businesses," Price said.

Hopefully, he says, that will minimize the amount of accidents without hurting business.

Councilman Victor Hernandez says he doesn't have a stance on the proposed change and is waiting to hear from all of his constituents before taking a position.

TxDOT received a $750,000 grant to pay for the project.

A timeline for construction has not been set yet.

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