LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock got the official word Thursday that federal stimulus money is finally approved and headed to the hub city for road projects. TxDOT has approved 29 major projects statewide and the federal government has signed off, so this is now official. One of the biggest projects is the widening of the west loop between 34th street and 4th street. Instead of four main lanes there will be six.
Below is the official statement from the City of Lubbock:
City Councilman John Leonard has confirmed that Lubbock will be receiving a share of the $1.2 billion in stimulus money just approved for Texas road projects. As Chairman of the Lubbock Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Policy Committee, Leonard says that the MPO's top two projects submitted for consideration have been awarded economic stimulus money.
The $40 million Northwest Passage Project will now be funded with $12 million of stimulus money, $25 million all ready allocated from the City of Lubbock, and $3 million from the MPO. This project includes construction of an overpass at N. Slide Road and Loop 289, rebuilding the 4th Street overpass, widening the Loop from 4 to 6 lanes from N. Frankford to N. Quaker and reversing the entrance and exit ramps from 4th Street to N. Quaker. The bid for this project is expected to be awarded in September of this year.
The $18 million project to widen West Loop 289 from 34th Street to North Frankford will be funded with $14.5 million of stimulus money and $3.5 million from the MPO. This project is to widening from 4 to 6 lanes from 34th Street to N. Frankford and reversing the entrance and exit ramps for that portion. The bid for this project is expected to be awarded in January of 2010.
Councilman John Leonard says, "I would like to thank Senator Robert Duncan, and Representatives Carl Isett and Delwin Jones for their work to get these projects funded. Also, I would like to thank Commissioner Fred Underwood for his tireless work with the Texas Transportation Commission."