New overpass drainage improvements begin Saturday. It's the first step toward building a bridge over Highway 87 at Woodrow Road, which is right in front of Lubbock-Cooper South Elementary, Lubbock-Cooper Middle School and Lubbock Cooper High.
The goal is to reduce traffic collisions.
"When you consider the fact that we have east and westbound traffic, trying to cross onto a major highway whether it be driver inattention, or just mere accident, the probability of accidents goes a little bit higher," said Rick Saldana, Chief of Police of Lubbock-Cooper ISD.
The $10.6 million project will include entrance and exit ramps for safe access to the highway. With a growing population, the project couldn't come at a better time.
The project is backed by several parents who say it'll make the traffic flow much safer.
"You know, this has been a long time coming and it's been planned out and has been worked to where the overpass will provide that so that's it is not bottlenecking as much as it has been with the way that it is now," said Meg Kattwinkel.
"I just think this area with the amount of people who live here, day-to-day travels, I think it's gonna make it a lot easier not just with school hours, I think it's going to help with the overall- as we grow bigger," said another parent, Tami Gunset.
Saldana agrees. He said the overpass should halt congested traffic.
"We do feel that this project is going to alleviate a lot of that, once the overpass is in place, making it possible for the north to south traffic and vice versa, to completely miss the east and west. We do believe that that is going to take care of that problem altogether"
TxDOT is preparing to hold safety awareness classes for students and parents affected by the construction.
They're ask us to be patient and expect lane closures, traffic shifts and detours throughout the duration of the project, which is scheduled to be finished by August 2014.