Major traffic changes at northwest Loop 289 project scheduled

Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will be making several traffic switches and changes at northwest Loop 289 as part of a project that will make $26.9 million in improvements to the Quaker/Erskine interchange on northwest Loop 289.
LUBBOCK - Next week, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will be making several traffic switches and changes at northwest Loop 289 as part of a project that will make $26.9 million in improvements to the Quaker/Erskine interchange on northwest Loop 289.

Crews will begin the process of switching all Loop 289 traffic onto the newly constructed southbound bridge at Quaker Avenue on Monday, Oct. 14. The traffic switch operation is anticipated to take several days to complete with southbound traffic being placed on the new bridge first. Northbound traffic will be switched onto the bridge in the days following, with all traffic on the new bridge by the end of the week.

Once the traffic switch is completed, crews to begin preparations for the demolition of the northbound Loop 289 bridge. Bridge demolition is scheduled to occur during the week of October 21 - 25.

Beginning at 8:30, Oct. 21, all Quaker Avenue/TTU Parkway traffic, under the Quaker bridge, will be detoured around the work area via the frontage roads to Slide Road and US 84. This will allow crews to safety demolish the bridge. The detour will remain in place throughout the week.

Improvements included in the state-funded project are: widen the Loop, from Slide Road to one mile east of Quaker Avenue, from a four-lane facility to a six-lane facility, rebuild the Loop bridges to span over Quaker Avenue and Erskine, and rebuild the frontage roads. Additionally, Erskine will be extended under the Loop 289 bridge to connect with TTU Parkway.
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