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Lubbock County's ongoing road work: What you need to know

One of the road work sites, Highway 84 and Frankford Ave. (source: KCBD video) One of the road work sites, Highway 84 and Frankford Ave. (source: KCBD video)
A map showing where the current eight projects are (source: Craig Childre, KCBD) A map showing where the current eight projects are (source: Craig Childre, KCBD)
LUBBOCK COUNTY, TX (KCBD) -

As the City of Lubbock keeps growing, Lubbock drivers can expect more projects to expand our roads.

According to TxDOT, there are eight ongoing road work projects in Lubbock County right now.

One of those is the road work and closures at Marsha Sharp Freeway and Upland Avenue.

"The work that you're seeing today, actually for the next few weeks at Marsha Sharp Freeway and Upland Avenue, is rebuilding the westbound frontage road intersection," TxDOT Lubbock PIO Dianah Ascencio said.

Ascencio says Upland will remain closed at the westbound frontage road for another few weeks for this work.

While Loop 193 in Wolfforth is currently closed as they do some intersection work.

"Motorists should anticipate at least another couple of weeks for that intersection," Ascencio said.

The third Marsha Sharp road work project is widening the freeway to six lanes from West Loop 289 eastward to Avenue L.

That work began a few weeks ago.

"Most of that work is going to be done inside the medians but we do want to stress to drivers that we do have the shoulders closed off and there may be intermittent lane closures on that project as well...we anticipate that project will wrap up before the end of the year," she said.

TxDOT crews are also building an overpass on Highway 84 at Frankford Avenue.

"That work is going to continue Thursday night into Friday morning. So there will be another eastbound lane closure and traffic will be diverted or detoured," Ascencio said.

She says the bridge work on 84 won't be complete until late 2017.

Then there is the safety project taking place on 19th Street near Texas Tech between University and Memphis Avenue.

This is near Texas Tech University.

"It is a project to improve the medians, to build a shared use path on the north side of 19th Street for pedestrians as well as bicyclists...we are reducing the speed limits in that area by ten miles per hour," Ascencio said.

She says the 19th Street work will last through the summer months.

Other projects include ongoing work on Parkway Drive between MLK and Cherry Avenue, the construction of a new bridge in Slaton over the railroad crossing between CR 3500 and 3600 and the installation of a traffic light at Slide Road and 114th.

And while construction zones can be frustrating, Ascencio wants to remind Lubbock drivers these projects are to keep our roads in the best shape.

"It's all in the interest of safety and preserving the interest of the system that we have. And making sure that Texans and Lubbockites, and West Texans have a safe roadway to drive on," she said.

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