98th Street Widening Project Complete - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/15/08

98th Street Widening Project Complete

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After two years of construction, residents who live on 98th Street between Frankford and Slide will no longer have to navigate around those orange barrels.

With two children under the age of two, getting out of the house is a big enough hassle for Courtney Neufeld. And for the past two years Neufeld has been battling another roadblock, all the construction near her home.

"If I have to go to Frankford then I usually have to go all the way up to 82nd and then back around or usually I try to avoid it," says Neufeld.

"It's been pretty inconvenient for us. We have to redirect all our traffic through a different entrance. Yeah it's been pretty rough," says Peter Burow, the youth minister for Hope Lutheran Church and School.

But the staff and congregation at the church and school now have reason to rejoice. Because two years after it began, construction is now complete on the 98th Street widening project. City officials and council members celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

"It was necessary infrastructure development for the community and glad to see it completed," says Councilman John Leonard.

The 1999 bond election included $3.7 million to widen 98th between Frankford and Slide. The 98th Street project was then combined with portions of the South Lubbock drainage project.

"With all aspects of this project we are very excited for it to come in on time and under original budget," says Marsha Reed, Director of Public Works for the City of Lubbock.

Residents and businesses in the area say they're ready to put the pedal to the metal and hit the wider, more open road.

"I'll use it all the time because I go from Slide to Frankford a lot," says Neufeld.

As for the construction back to the East between Slide and Quaker, officials say it should be completed in the next two months, weather permitting.

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