Tuesday, city officials announced that some water restrictions could be lifted for Lubbock as soon as next week. It would be a process that effects different parts of the city in phases. Those details are not finalized yet, but it all depends on the completion of a temporary water line.
NewsChannel 11 was the first to tell you that crews are installing a by-pass line at 34th Street and Bangor Avenue. It will help increase water capacity by up to four-million gallons of water each day. The city will give notice as to when the restrictions can be lifted.
Meanwhile, construction to lift water restrictions completely is causing frustration for near-by businesses and drivers who use Slide Road. Detours will begin Wednesday morning at 34th and Slide. Crews are closing the intersection off so they can connect a new water line to the existing distribution system.
Closing off Slide should let workers complete the connections faster. That should allow the city to let up on the current water restrictions, but the construction will also detour traffic around some local businesses.
Drivers will utilize City Bank Parkway for north and southbound traffic on Slide. On 34th, drivers will take York to 42nd to head south on Slide, and 29th to head north on Slide. This leaves a section of businesses off the beaten path.
"It will probably fluctuate a bit, but I'm not terribly concerned, maybe concerned about some others," Bill Hayes, owner of A-1 Flags Over Lubbock said.
Hayes' store is located in the Security Park Shopping Center, and for the next several weeks, drivers won't be flying by his business.
"Construction is always an inconvenience for driving," Hayes said.
He says the shopping center is adding signs to direct traffic at the center's rear entrances. Entrances will still be open along City Bank Parkway and on the Brownfield Highway.
Hayes says work takes time, and right now he's okay with the inconvenience.
"When they get into it, that maybe a different story, but presently you can only go so fast," Hayes said.
Tying the new line into the system requires connections at five different pipelines running north, south, east, and west. The most critical, and the connection that should restore full water service, runs south underneath Slide.
That connection should be completed around June 30th, but traffic is scheduled to be detoured for up to six weeks.
To avoid having to boil our water, Lubbockites must use less than 35-million gallons of water per day. NewsChannel 11 will continue to monitor Lubbock's water use during this period.
Residents used 30.421-million gallons of water Monday. That is five-million gallons away from the limit.
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