Council Members Write Letter Discouraging Lubbock Outer Route

Published 03/11 2014 11:58AM

Updated 03/11 2014 01:04PM

LUBBOCK, TX -- A group of current and former Lubbock officials wrote a letter on Friday to the Texas Department of Transportation explaining how they believe a proposed Lubbock outer route would hurt parts of the city, including the Lubbock Independent School District, downtown revitalization and North & East Lubbock.

TxDOT proposes an outer route that would essentially go from near Slaton along Lubbock's southern edge to the Southwest corner of Wolfforth and then to a point near Shallowater.  

City Councilmen Victor Hernandez and Floyd Price are among the authors of the protest letter.  They said an outer route would isolate and "destabilizing neighborhoods."

Other authors are LISD Trustees Vernita Woods-Holmes and Mario Ybarra, former Mayor David Langston, former Councilwoman Maggie Trejo, and former County Commissioner Gilbert Flores.

The letter said low income and minority populations would be hurt.  It also said an outer loop would draw families out of the Lubbock ISD into other districts therefor causing school closures.

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