Southwest Lubbock Resident Concerned About Safety of His Street

A Lubbock man says last March, a car flipped into his neighbor's front yard, and things have not gotten better on his street, leaving him worried for he and his neighbors safety.
By Monica Yantosh

LUBBOCK, TX -- A Lubbock man says last March, a car flipped into his neighbor's front yard, and things have not gotten better on his street, leaving him worried for he and his neighbors safety.

"I think the biggest concern is getting a car in your living room, honestly," Lynn O'Connor said.

O'Connor said after the accident last March, he, and other neighbors, have been trying to get something done to make their street safer. He lives on 92nd Street, just east of Milwaukee Avenue.

Just in the last week, O'Connor said there was another accident on the street. This time, he believes a car may have been speeding, over corrected, and then hit a
street pole, causing it to fall over into a neighbor's yard.

"I think, in this particular situation, if whoever hit that light pole hadn't hit the street light pole, it would have gone through the house. And that would be, that would be a tragedy," O'Connor said.

That area of the street becomes more narrow, with one side of the road being unpaved and undeveloped. O'Connor said he's been told it's the developer's responsibility to take care of paving the street, but he's not been told when it will be widened.

"We're just really trying to make everybody aware of our situation, and try to get a little help out here. We really love living in this neighborhood, and we like our houses, and, but, it's kind of dangerous," O'Connor said.

"Even though they don't post speed limit signs, it is, in a residential area, it is 30 miles per hour, so that should be observed. Of course, you know, you've got little kids running in the street, and you don't really see any kids on our street, playing in the front, they're in the backyard. Parents won't let them in the front yard, and that's kind of sad, too," O'Connor said.

The Council person for that district is Karen Gibson. O'Connor said she has been very helpful anytime he or any other neighbors call to discuss the issues. Gibson told KLBK Monday she would be meeting with the Streets Department and the City Manager on Wednesday to see if there is anything that can be done about the problem.

Since the accident last March, there have been new signs put up to alert drivers to the road narrowing. 

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