The result of most construction projects is usually worth the headaches it causes, but the process itself is usually a pain. So it's a bit unusual that business owners caught in the middle of the 34th Street roadwork said they are pleasantly surprised.
James Jester with Jester Art Service said the 34th Street Association has exceeded his expectations throughout the process.
"The people working on the roads are just incredible," Jester said. "Any problem we have, they fix it instantly. And if we call down to the city,
I guess Nancy is who we talk to. Because they blocked it off one time with something. And within 15 minutes, they were out there fixing it and
came in here and apologized to me."
And there seems to be a consensus.
"They keep us updated, letting us know when our new project is going to start." Jerron Hearn with Jumbo Joe's said. "They help us give maps to our customers
to give out with access to our store. And they are pretty understanding on helping us get this done."
"That is the biggest thing, is they keep us informed," Jarred Coffield with Flint Boot and Hat Repair said. "They have done a really good job of helping
push advertising, you know, for 34th St. as a whole."
Association President Kyra Jenkins said committee members, the city and businesses all did their homework and came ready to work.
"When it started, Parkhill, Smith and Cooper would go door-to-door," Jenkins said, "talking to merchants trying to figure out what they were concerned about,
and try to address those concerns. be it cutouts, parking, keeping traffic flowing, and they addressed those issues up front."
Associate Secretary and business owner Melody Huffman said the 34th St. family is unlike any other group in Lubbock.
"It is a neat place," Huffman said. "We have got lots of mom and pop shops along here. Lots of little antique stores, and lots of good places to eat.
I just encourage everybody to go ahead and come on out to 34th street, because, yes there is construction, but it is not that bad. And the friendliness of the
merchants will make it worth your while to come see us."
City planners have said that the ability to expand reconstruction to Quaker Avenue is the result of the project coming in under budget.