LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - On Wednesday, the Lubbock Metropolitan Planning Organization (LMPO) held a news conference to announce they’ve received money for construction on Loop 88. They met at United Supermarkets on 130th Street and Indiana Avenue, where part of the future loop will be.
In their announcement, the LMPO said that Lubbock is getting $43.5 million total to fund a portion of Loop 88, from Highway 87 west to Quincy Avenue on FM 1585 which is also 130th street.
“The announcement today was to let everybody know that the Texas transportation commission has awarded the Lubbock district $33.5 million dollars for the construction of phase 3d of segment three of loop 88. On top of that, the Lubbock Metropolitan Planning Organization has allocated an additional $10 million. So the total $43 million will go towards the construction of that segment of loop 88” said David Jones, the Transportation Planning Director, Metropolitan Planning Organization.
Residents should start to see dirt moved by 2021. The project is going to be broken up into six segments. Seven of the 12 miles are now funded from highway 87 to Quincy avenue. Loop 88 will be around 40 miles total.
TxDOT District Director Steve Warren said, “the entire loop goes from near Slaton, near Slaton highway, all the way around here, Shallowater on the northwest side of town. So that’s 36 miles of Loop 88 that we’re in the process of developing.”
Loop 88 will cost around 1-2 billion dollars in total.
“The later projects, of course, are going to be farther down the calendar. As money becomes available will continue on,” said Jones, “We're entering into the first seven miles of the 12 miles segment that will get us up to 62/82.”
Lubbock City Council member Jeff Griffith said, “This is great news for the future of Lubbock and Lubbock County Transportation System. We cannot stress enough that today's announcement is a result of a collaborative effort. It's because of this collaboration that the loop 88 project is moving forward.”
Warren said, “As funding comes available, we’re still getting our plans ready, we’re going to keep getting projects ready to go out the door and keep this project going all the way out to Wolfforth. At the same time. We’re currently in the environmental documentation work for the other three segments of loop 88.”