Streets and parks will be the focus of a multi-million dollar presentation to Lubbock City Council on Thursday. That's when city staff will make their recommendations for a proposed $104-million bond election.
A total of 16 projects are proposed, 12 of those involve city streets, but the proposal also includes soccer fields, which first sparked the election discussion last month.
"We've got to catch up; growth has totally out paced the funding available," Lubbock Director of Public Works Marsha Reed said.
The Public Works Department proposes nearly $90-million in road improvements.
"We've got streets that are approaching 80-years-old; we have not reconstructed streets, ever really, unless we were going to widen them, and we're finally seeing thoroughfares that are in need of construction," Reed said.
About half of the money would go to work on 34th Street. Plans call for total reconstruction from I-27 to Slide Road, but work would be done over five years to minimize the impact on local businesses.
Another big chunk, more than $14-million would be used to redo 82nd Street from University Avenue to Quaker Avenue.
The rest of the money would be used to widen, extend, and pave other city streets.
"We have some of the areas where we have done strip paving that are now totally developed and there are two lanes, 24-foot wide streets that we've got seven, eight, nine-thousand people trying to get down everyday. It's just not safe," Reed said.
Parks and soccer fields would also share more than $14-million for improvements, including 53 new fields at the youth sports complex at FM 1585 and Milwaukee Avenue.
We also checked in on road projects approved in the 2004 bond election. Reed says they've all been completed, except for one project at University Avenue and 34th Street. Reed says those bonds weren't sold until this year, but with an entire redo of 34th on their proposal, they're waiting to see what happens with that.
Council will have to approve an election before the end of February to have a May election.
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