It's caused concerns for parents, students, and several others who drive down Woodrow Road, but now the county is taking action to make that drive safer. Crews are widening the roadway by 8-feet, and they plan to stripe the road afterwards.
It's coming as a big relief to parents. NewsChannel 11 even met one mother Tuesday evening who asked "when are they ever going to widen Woodrow road?", and we were happy to tell her the answer was Tuesday.
Concerned parents have called on the county to complete this project for several years. That concern grew in August of 2004 when 17-year-old Andrea Rodriguez was killed in a five car pile-up on Woodrow Road.
"I know people have been frustrated for 20 to 30 years," Lubbock County Commissioner Bill McCay told NewsChannel 11 back in 2004.
At the time McCay was not a county commissioner, just another concerned parent at Lubbock-Cooper ISD. Now that he is a commissioner...
"I'm real excited that this week we are really making some progress," McCay said Tuesday.
Crews began work Tuesday afternoon. Their plan is to widen the road by 8-feet, 4-feet on each side. It will extend to just west of Indiana Avenue. Once that is complete, crews will stripe the road, and add extra safety and caution signs.
"In the long run it's going to be great for the community, because it's something we really needed," Lubbock-Cooper ISD Superintendent Pat Henderson said.
In the meantime, folks at Lubbock-Cooper have to make some adjustments.
"It's a temporary inconvenience, but it's something that's needed to happen for a long time, and we're thrilled that it's going to happen," Henderson
One of the busiest times on Woodrow Road is when Lubbock-Cooper High School gets out. Tuesday afternoon, several cars were lined up, but what we noticed is that the cars are normally waiting one to two minutes, almost like you're standing at a traffic light.
The crews are trying to get folks through as quickly as possible.
McCay hopes to have this project completed in about three weeks, and you may be surprised how the county funded the improvements.
"We consolidated all four precincts last year into one county road district, and in doing so we sold a lot of equipment that we didn't need or weren't using as often, and by consolidating and selling that equipment, we put some of that money back on the road," McCay said.
Woodrow Road will be reduced to one lane, and periodically closed from C.R. 2330 to C.R. 2040 during this project. Drivers are encouraged to take alternate routes when possible.
An overpass at U.S. 87 and Woodrow Road is not included in this project, but the county is still working on a state grant to build an overpass at that intersection.
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