The cost of the land needed for the Marsha Sharp Freeway has doubled. Now, the Lubbock City Council is trying to figure out how to make up the difference, another $8 million. The freeway will link southwest Lubbock with I-27 in north Lubbock.
In 1995, the state transportation department told Lubbock its 10% share of right-of-way costs for the Marsha Sharp Freeway would come to about $8 million. Steve Warren with the transportation agency's Lubbock district says the second $8 million now is due to inflation, rising land values, relocation of property owners, and the relocation of railroad tracks.