Hernandez Continues Fight Against Ave Q. Medians

Published 04/06 2014 02:20PM

Updated 04/06 2014 02:31PM

By James Clark

LUBBOCK, TX – City Councilman Victor Hernandez sent word to TxDOT’s Chief Engineer for the Lubbock area, Steven Warren, on Friday to again voice opposition to proposed medians along Avenue Q.

As justification for medians, TxDOT cited numerous accidents along Avenue Q. between 19th and 50th Streets, many of which were fatal.

Hernandez wrote, “As you know, I am extremely concerned about the pedestrian injuries”

“No doubt there currently exists pedestrian and vehicular safety concerns in the designated area,” Hernandez said in his Friday email to TxDOT. “However, it is my contention that there are at least five solutions … which will have the same impact, if not greater impact.”

Hernandez listed them as a 35 mph speed limit, modern lighting, clearly marked crosswalks at major intersections, traffic calming devices such as rumble strips, and retro-reflective material/lighted signs in crosswalks.

Hernandez said at one time there were medians along Avenue Q. and property owners paid to have them removed. TxDOT has not released a timetable of when medians might be constructed.

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