Committee presents draft plans for an outer loop in Lubbock

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Updated: 7/03/2013 6:19 am

A longterm plan was discussed on Tuesday about constructing an outer loop in southwest Lubbock.

The Transportation Advisory Committee members are considering draft plans of prospective locations for the outer route. The feasibility phase for the project was completed three years ago.

Also under consideration is whether the loop should be four-lane divided thoroughfare, or a freeway-like route. A four-lane thoroughfare is a preferred facility type and is projected to be done in 2030, whereas a freeway-like route would be completed in 2050.

For Route A, the shorter route from Slaton to just south of Shallowater, the freeway would cost $695 million, but the economic benefit for the county would equal $668.9 million. For the 4-lane divided roadway on this route, the project would cost $150 million but would give an economic impact that would equal $863.5 million.

For Route B, which would begin in Slaton, blend into the other route and end in Shallowater, the project would cost the city $770 million, giving an economic impact of $647.4 million. The 4-lane divided roadway on this route would cost $165 million and the total economic benefit would be $915.9 million.

Committee member Steve Warren said the two corridors being considered were chosen based on growth projections.

"We made the decision to look strictly at the southern and western portions of Lubbock County. So, essentially, it's from Shallowater on the northwest, down and around Wolfforth on the southwest and back over toward Slaton on the southest."

A public hearing is slated for September or October.

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