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.