The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is set to begin work on a major project that will make $26.9 million in improvements to the Quaker/Erskine interchange on northwest Loop 289. The state-funded project will widen the Loop, from Slide Road to one mile east of Quaker Avenue, from a four-lane divided facility to a six-lane freeway facility, rebuild the Loop bridges to span over Quaker Avenue and Erskine, and rebuild the frontage roads. Additionally, Erskine will be extended under the Loop 289 bridge to connect with Texas Tech Parkway.
Work to rebuild the interchange is scheduled to begin Monday, Nov. 12, with construction crews performing frontage road work, and building a paved detour for main lane traffic once bridge work begins, said Will Barnett, TxDOT Lubbock Area Engineer.
TxDOT is committed to keep traffic flowing safely and the businesses accessible, throughout the projects duration, Barnett said. Although main lane traffic is being reduced to one-lane of traffic in each direction, the Loop will remain open during construction.
Motorists traveling through the construction zone will see speed limits decreased by 10 mph and are asked to drive with caution for their safety and the safety of the workers.
Work on the project is expected to be completed in February 2015. Haydon Building Corp., from Phoenix, AZ, is the project contractor.