TxDOT to begin more construction on MSF in 2015 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

TxDOT to begin more construction on MSF in 2015

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

The Transportation Advisory Committee has approved $36 million in funding for phase 5B of Marsha Sharp Freeway construction.

"Phase 5B is going to add 2.6 miles to the freeway. It will include building the freeway main lanes as well as rebuilding the Upland interchange and connecting Spur 327 to the Marsha Sharp Freeway," said Dianah Ascencio, Public Information Officer for the Lubbock District TxDOT.

"That project actually accepts bids in October, so we're thinking maybe early 2015 when construction will actually begin on phase 5B."

"The bids are actually opened at the beginning of the month. We do a low bid system, so the one that gives us the best deal and submits the lowest bid is the one that gets selected for the project. Now at the end of the month, the Texas Transportation Commission gets together for their regular meeting, so they look at all the bids across the state and they accept the bids that all contractors have submitted for all the projects across the state."

Ascencio says last September a meeting was held to discuss funding phase 5B, but at the time, the main office in Austin said no funding was available. On May 30 they announced that was no longer the case. The $36 million was available thanks to 80 percent Federal and 20 percent State dollars.

She says construction for 5B will begin next year and that will overlap with Milwaukee and Spur 327 construction for a few months.

"Phase 5A is not scheduled to be completed until Spring of 2015, so we still have several months before that project is completed. There might be an overlap of construction on 5A as well when we begin construction on 5B," she said. "We are looking at making one more improvement for that Marsha Sharp Freeway, U.S. 62/82 corridor and that would be to build a bridge at Spur 193 in Wolfforth. Right now it's a signalized intersection, but that's one more improvement that we're looking at in the future to improve mobility along that corridor."

She says there is no word yet on if, and when the final phase of construction will get underway.

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