Lubbock County Set to Begin Construction on First Road Bond Project as Southern Indiana Completes

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) – After completing planning and design, Lubbock County plans to begin construction on select roads in the Proposed $99 million road bond approved by voters in May 2019 in the coming months.

“We have made progress over the past two years,” said Director of Public Works Jennifer Davidson. “We are about to let them go for construction. A few of them we will start building hopefully this summer depending on how prices go and see how we can move forward with building the road link.

The update was presented to Lubbock County commissioners Wednesday during a business session. Davidson also announced that the Indiana Avenue widening project in South Lubbock is nearing completion.

“It’s supposed to be open in May,” Davidson told KCBD. “We just learned on Tuesday that everything was on schedule. We are delighted that this construction is complete and under our belt. »

The Indiana Project is a partnership with the City of Lubbock. Although not included in the first tier of projects identified for the $99 million program, Davidson said the partnership allowed it to be fast-tracked.

The first project to be built for Lubbock County is expected to be the widening of West 50th Street between Upland and Inler Avenue.

“That one is ready to go,” Davidson said. “We are preparing to lease for construction.”

Below is an integrated report presented to the Court of Commissioners showing the status of this project and six others.

On Wednesday, commissioners also discussed issuing additional bond financing. Lubbock County has already issued about half of the $99 million. Wednesday’s discussion was about issuing an additional $46 million or the remaining amount.

“We have about five projects that are going to start construction,” Davidson said. “That burn rate or spend rate will continue to increase exponentially as we launch construction projects.”

Although no decision has been made on this, Davidson said an additional $46 million is expected to be issued in fiscal year 2023. Commissioners were asked to do so in November to avoid a further increase in interest rates.

“It’s possible to issue some of that $7 million or the remaining $7 million,” Davidson said. “We would like to see what the impact would be because we want to make sure we are making responsible financial decisions for taxpayers.”

Davidson informed the commissioners that right-of-way acquisitions became more expensive as property values ​​increased. She also explained how she planned to avoid increasing construction costs. At that time, she said the projects were on budget.

“We so appreciate that the citizens of Lubbock County voted with confidence for this road bond,” Davidson said. “We are working to improve our transportation network for the county. We have worked diligently to make these improvements and keep these projects on schedule. Just know that every day we come and work to make those road improvements and spend those dollars responsibly to make the improvements that have been badly needed in Lubbock County as it grows.

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