Freeway Causes Water & Traffic Problems - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/8/07

Freeway Causes Water & Traffic Problems

If Lubbock's rainy weather doesn't continue, lawns may start to look a little brown.  That's because mandatory water restrictions, put in place Friday afternoon, call for no watering of yards, and the reason for the restrictions is also detouring traffic this weekend.

Construction on the Marsha Sharp Freeway is causing some changes this weekend.  First of all, folks won't be allowed to water their yards.

"We are announcing Friday, water restrictions on outside watering effective immediately," Mayor Pro Tem Jim Gilbreath said. 

That's because a major pump station along the Marsha Sharp is off-line until crews can relocate a large water main.

"That pump station is critical to feeding water to major portions of the city," acting City Manager Tom Adams said. 

Until that station is back up and running, the city cannot keep up with increasing demands. So, until further notice, all aesthetic and non-essential water use is prohibited.

Freeway construction could also cause a few traffic headaches.  Starting at 10:00 p.m. Friday, drivers have to take the access roads around the intersection of West Loop 289 and Brownfield Highway.

That's because crews are completing concrete work on the new freeway bridge over the loop. The loop will re-open at noon on Saturday.  Work on the new bridge is scheduled to be completed by Sunday morning.

Work on the water main project is scheduled to be completed by the end of this month.

City leaders plan to review water usage on Monday afternoon. We'll let you know if any restrictions are lifted.

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