Proposal: Lubbock to Take Over 42 Miles from TxDOT

TxDOT is asking the City of Lubbock to take responsibility for 42 miles of state roadways that run inside the city limits.
By James Clark

LUBBOCK, TX -- TxDOT is asking the City of Lubbock to take responsibility for 42 miles of state roadways that run inside the city limits. Those roadways include portions of Avenue Q., 4th Street, 19th Street, 50th Street, Slide Road, Southeast Drive, North University Avenue, Frankford Avenue, and Clovis Road.

Public records say, “The Texas Department of Transportation has contacted cities with a population of more than 50,000 informing them that TxDOT intends to consider transferring all maintenance and jurisdiction of certain … highways to the cities in which they are located.”

The process is referred to as the Urban Street Turn Back program. TxDOT is hoping to save $165 million per year with the Turn Back programs.

Public records describe a transition process where TxDOT pays Lubbock a diminishing share of maintenance costs over five years. “TxDOT will be providing in-kind maintenance services on City of Lubbock streets through 2019 for a total value of $6,269,032.”

The City Council will consider the proposal on Thursday. It would still need final approval by a vote of the Texas Transportation Commission.
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