Bond Proposed Street Improvements Slated For One Side of Town - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/7/07

Bond Proposed Street Improvements Slated For One Side of Town

The final Listen Lubbock session is now underway. It's the chance voters have to express their thoughts about the city's $300 million bond proposal.

At the five previous Listen Lubbock sessions, voters have expressed strong opposition to the bond package. Out of the $300 million bond package, close to $52 million has been set aside for street improvements. It's one of the proposals citizens have been a little more supportive of in the Listen Lubbock sessions.

NewsChannel 11 is taking a closer look at why all the road improvements are concentrated in just one part of town.

When it came to choosing Lubbock streets in need of improvement, it wasn't an easy road to travel for members of the Streets sub-committee.

"We had around $250 million worth of street projects. They were things that needed to be done," Chairman of the Streets Sub Committee David Wilkerson said.

David Wilkerson says committee members ranked the projects in order by priority.

"It's already a big bond package. I don't think they wanted us coming in at $150 million. In order to have a chance, if it gets too big, no one is going to vote," Wilkerson said.

NewsChannel 11 has learned out of the nine proposals in the bond package, repairing Lubbock streets is one that's gaining support among voters. Road construction would only happen southwest Lubbock.

NewsChannel 11 spoke with registered voters around town Tuesday who seem to think there are other areas of Lubbock in dire need of street repair.

"Actually the older streets are downtown. Those are the ones that need to get better," one registered voter said.

"I live in southwest Lubbock, but my streets are good," another registered voter said.

"I don't agree with the street improvements as much. Except for downtown, the other road construction is a waste of money in my eyes," a registered voter said.

But Wilkerson says the road to improvement really comes down to development.

"I think people want to poke a finger about how we did it, but I hadn't heard anybody say we absolutely need a street here, and you gotta look at development and you've got all the heavy development out south and west," Wilkerson said.

Other proposals in the bond package focus on improving Lubbock's infrastructure, public safety and improvement of city parks.

Listen Lubbock will present their finding to city council on Wednesday.

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