Provided by the Texas Department of Transportation
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is set to begin work on a project that will make major improvements to FM 1730 (Slide Road), from 98th Street to FM 1585, in Lubbock. The $14.1 million project will completely rebuild the existing roadway from a two-lane roadway to a seven-lane, curb and gutter thoroughfare.
Construction work on the project is scheduled to begin Monday, June 2, with contractor Allen Butler, of Ransom Canyon, setting traffic barriers along the southern projects limits on Slide Road and FM 1585, said Will Barnett, P.E., TxDOT Lubbock Area engineer.
"We know this project going to affect a lot of motorists," Barnett said. "The scope of the work—complete reconstruction and expansion of a busy road—is a huge task, but much needed with the growth in this part of Lubbock over the past few years. Our goal is to make sure we get the work done in the safest and most efficient way possible."
Traffic will continue in its current one-lane in each configuration but motorists traveling on Slide Road and FM 1585 can expect slow moving traffic and delays and are advised to seek alternative routes around the construction zone, Barnett said.
"Construction is set up to be done in phases with work beginning on the south end of the project limits and moving north," Barnett said. "Improvements to the underground storm sewer system and widening of FM 1585 at Slide Road are also planned as part of the project."
Motorists are urged to use caution when driving through the work zone, since crews will be working in close proximity to traffic and should keep the following tips in mind:
• Slow down and always follow posted work zone speed limits. Speeding is one of the major causes of work zone crashes. Remember, traffic fines double in work zones.
• Pay attention. Workers and heavy equipment may only be a few feet from passing vehicles.
• Be patient. Delays from roadway construction can be frustrating, but it only takes a few extra minutes to slow down for a work zone.
The project is anticipated to be completed in late 2015.