Loop 88 building has rising pains, Lubbock enterprise is longing for completed product

LUBBOCK, Texas — The Texas Division of Transportation introduced on Thursday, Oct. 26 that College and Quaker Avenue drivers will expertise some visitors adjustments within the coming week as a consequence of work being executed on the brand new Loop 88.

The visitors adjustments contain a discount within the variety of driving lanes in order that they’ll safely get to work on the 154.8-million-dollar undertaking to show FM 1585 from a two-lane roadway right into a six-lane freeway. spoke to a small enterprise alongside one hundred and thirtieth Road close to College Avenue to see the way it was affected by the incoming building in that space. The small enterprise, De Colores Furnishings, mentioned they discover the congested visitors since their enterprise is true in the course of it, nonetheless, they consider it’ll all be price it when the undertaking is completed.

“We inform our prospects to please come by way of Indiana Avenue so that you don’t have to attend within the lengthy traces,” Supervisor of De Colores Furnishings, Leticia Barron mentioned.

Barron doesn’t need her prospects to have to attend within the lengthy traces of visitors to get to their store crammed with hand-painted indicators and wooden furnishings. She mentioned she loves the look on prospects’ faces once they stroll in and see all of the decor for the primary time.

“That is all in regards to the folks and if it wasn’t for the folks we wouldn’t even be standing,” Barron mentioned.

In line with Barron, the enterprise hasn’t misplaced any prospects because the work on Loop 88 started close to the furnishings store. She believes a part of it’s because the driveways resulting in the store haven’t been blocked off. 

“We’re good so long as they kick these driveways open. We’re all proper,” Barron mentioned.

Barron mentioned she gained’t fear in regards to the building affecting the small enterprise so long as TxDOT continues to maintain them up to date on what they’re doing across the store, which she mentioned they’re doing an excellent job of now.

“A enterprise like this and particularly dealing with all of this building – communication is prime key,” Barron mentioned.

Whereas it’s not really easy to drive close to College Avenue with the development, Barron mentioned the store will likely be in a primary location when Loop 88 is completed.

“As soon as it’s full, we’re going to be on that entry street and we’re going to be busy so nonetheless a few years it takes, it’ll be price it,” Barron mentioned. “If everyone simply hangs on slightly bit longer, we’re all going to be okay, it’ll be good.”

In line with TxDOT, the complete undertaking will take greater than a decade to complete, nonetheless, the lane closures close to College and Quaker Avenue will clear up over the course of a number of months.

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