US 87 Road Improvements Project Underway
LUBBOCK, TX TxDOT began a $7.34 million project last week to make roadway improvements to more than three miles of US 87 in Lubbock County, from 82nd Street to half a mile south of FM 1585.
Motorists traveling on US 87 over the next six months will see traffic reduced to one lane at various times throughout the project as contractor Allen Butler Construction, of Lubbock, Texas, mills the existing pavement then repaves and resurfaces the roadway. Both the northbound and southbound main lanes will see repairs made.
"The project will make needed improvements and repairs to the pavement and is expected to enhance the overall safety of the roadway," said Michael Wittie, PE, TxDOT Interim Lubbock Area Engineer overseeing the project. "Crews started work to mill the existing pavement on the northbound passing lanes last week, as well as beginning working to make bridge and guardrail repairs on the southbound lanes."
Drivers should be aware that speed limits in the construction zone have been reduced by 10 mph to 65 mph, Wittie added.
Motorists should expect various lane closures and possible traffic delays and are urged to use caution when driving through the work zone, since crews will be working in close proximity to traffic. Motorists should keep the following tips in mind:
"¢ Slow down and always follow posted work zone speed limits. Speeding is one of the major causes of work zone crashes. Remember, traffic fines double in work zones.
"¢ Pay attention. Workers and heavy equipment may only be a few feet from passing vehicles.
"¢ Be patient. Delays from roadway construction can be frustrating, but it only takes a few extra minutes to slow down for a work zone.
The project's completion date is scheduled for fall 2017