Citizens Commission Approves Stoplight Along 98th

The Citizens Traffic Commission on Tuesday approved a stop light at the intersection of 98th Street and Chicago Avenue.
By Michaela MacDonald and James Clark

LUBBOCK, TX -- The Citizens Traffic Commission on Tuesday approved a stop light at the intersection of 98th Street and Chicago Avenue.

The intersection is surrounded by residential neighborhoods, and 98th Street in that area has recently been upgraded to six main-lanes plus a turn lane. For the moment motorists along 98th can go non-stop between Frankford Avenue and Slide Road.

"Anything that's this busy, I think you just want some safety measures put in place and that's what lights are for," said Mark Langford, who lives a few blocks away. 

"With all the residential growth and then school and Slide road commercial as well as Milwaukee is open now as a seven lane thoroughfare and Frankford is open as a seven lane thoroughfare, there's just a lot more traffic than there used to be," said City Traffic Engineer Sharmon Owens.

Owens says residents have requested a light at this intersection multiple times. This time, it was approved.

"When we did a traffic signal  warrant study in September of  2013 it did warrant," said Owens. "We are looking at the amount of traffic, vehicular volume out there and we also look at crash data. In 2013 there were three that we found, collisions that would have been preventable if there had been a traffic signal there."

In a public opinion survey, 77% of those who responded were in favor of the light. But there were some who opposed, calling it unnecessary. Only 3% of those polled responded.

The cost is estimated at $80,000. The project is expected to be completed in Fall of 2014.


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