Marsha Sharp Freeway Flyovers Now Open - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/29/08

Marsha Sharp Freeway Flyovers Now Open

The Texas Department of Transportation has opened Lubbock's tallest and longest bridge to thru traffic.

The opening of these two bridges is a significant milestone for Lubbock, said Randy Hopmann, Lubbock District Engineer.

"Completion of the bridges marks the finish of this portion of the freeway," Hopmann said. He went on to say, "The flyovers provide seamless transition of traffic from one major facility to another, and puts us one step closer to completing the largest transportation improvement project in our history."

Two additional phases of the freeway will be open in mid-2009 and early 2010, meaning that Lubbock motorists will be driving unhindered from West Loop 289 almost to Interstate 27 in just a few years. He added that the challenge that remains for our community is to identify funding for the next to last phase which connects the rest of the freeway to I-27.

Traffic counts for the southbound flyover are projected to reach 13,600 vehicles per day by the year 2020. The eastbound flyover will carry 13,600 vehicles per day, and the main lanes (US 62/82) are projected to carry about 55,700 vehicles per day.

The southbound flyover is 76 feet high and 3,900 feet long. The eastbound flyover is 45 feet high and 1,700 feet long.

This phase cost $32 million and included construction of the main lanes over West Loop 289. TxDOT opened the main lanes in December of 2007.

 

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