Widening Roads Could Increase Growth in South Lubbock - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/7/08

Widening Roads Could Increase Growth in South Lubbock

NewsChannel 11 has learned plans are underway to widen two of Lubbock's major streets.

Mayor Tom Martin says he is excited about the street expansion project. 

"I think one of the primary jobs of the city is develop the infrastructure," said Martin.    

The streets that the expansion project will focus on right now are Indiana Avenue and Quaker Avenue from 98th Street through Farm to Market road 1585. 

"Not only Indiana but also Quaker, because accessibility comes first. Then after accessibility comes of course growth and with growth comes new taxes. With new taxes, there is a less likely hood of more taxes in the future," said District Four Councilmen Paul Beane. 

Beane says widening these streets is important to the growth of South Lubbock. 

"Plus as I've said earlier it opens up the area for growth, and growth means new taxes. New taxes

means less of a tax load on our present citizens," said Beane. 

But how is the city planning on paying for this? Mayor Martin says a percentage is taken from your utilities, cable and phone bills and that money goes into a separate account called the Gateway Fund. 

"Of the revenue the city collects off those, 40% is dedicated to a fund to help build new streets and new right of ways," said Martin. 

5% of your overall bill goes to franchise fees, and then 40% of that amount is the Gateway Fund.  Right now, Martin says there is a little more than $30-million in the Gateway Fund, which will help get the expansion project started.

"The rule of thumb, if you will, is about a million dollars a mile for the engineering, design work, and preparation of the contract documents and so forth, so a project is ready to bid," said Martin. 

Mayor Martin says planning for the expansion will take about a year, and construction should start after that.

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