Citizens bring concerns to TxDOT at Loop 88 meeting

Meeting on Loop 88 project

LUBBOCK COUNTY, TX (KCBD) - Representatives from TxDOT addressed a variety of concerns about the proposed Loop 88 project on Tuesday.

"They bring a fresh perspective and give us their comments on what they think about the project," said Dianah Ascencio, the Public Information Officer for TxDOT. "That's why we hold these meetings. Not only to inform the public about what our plans are but to get feedback from citizens."

July 24 was the second public meeting about the project, focused on Segments 1, 2 and 4.

Citizens turned out to express their concerns, particularly about the area that was shifted from 1585 south.

In the February meeting, residents in that area wrote in to TxDOT and said they did not want the outer loop to run through.

Residents voted on one of three options presented by TxDOT.

Segment 3 was not addressed in this session because it is now in the right of way phase. TxDOT is starting to purchase the land needed for that section to start building in 2021.

"My Mom has her farm land now, which was her Dad's, which was my Great Granddads farm," stated Barbara Deason, who's family farm will be affected by the Loop. "They bought the farm land back in the early 1900's. Our kids would be fifth generation farmers. We've grown up knowing that we were going to continue to farm that land. It's not land that we are going to turn and develop, it's land that we are continuing to farm for our community."

One of the main reasons residents were upset was that they believe they weren't given notice.

TxDOT has advertised meetings for the Loop 88 project on social media, as well as traditional media such as television and newspaper, but many residents believe they should have been contacted directly.

"My Mom owns the land and she even spoke with some of the landowners that are out there that live across from her and they didn't know anything about it until today," explained Deason. "For the changes that are being made, and they're making changes, but they're not notifying the landowners that it's affecting."

Segment 2 will be next, running from 114 (19th Street) south down research by Reese, to Highway 62 southwest of Wolfforth. It will be the next six-mile segment in the project.

The segment that provoked the most concern Tuesday evening was Segment 4, running east/west from the Highway 87 to the Slaton Highway northwest of Slaton.

This was an interactive meeting meant to be a dialog between citizens and TxDOT. The first formal hearing about segments 1, 2 and 4 will be scheduled at a later date. TxDOT can hear citizen concerns at a formal hearing, but they can't answer questions as they did on Tuesday.

If you have any questions or concerns and want your voice heard TxDOT urges you to write them at

SHELLEY HARRIS
P.E. 135 Slaton Road
Lubbock, TX 79404-5201

Or email shelley.harris@txdot.gov no later than Aug. 8, 2018.

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