LUBBOCK –The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is set to begin work on a project that will make major improvements to FM 179, from the Donald Preston Drive, in Wolfforth, to SH 114 (19th Street) in Lubbock. The $18.8 million project will completely rebuild 4.1 miles of the existing roadway from a two-lane roadway to a five-lane thoroughfare.
Construction work on the project is scheduled to start this week, with contractor Allen Butler Construction, of Lubbock, setting traffic barriers along the projects limits, said Mike Wittie, P.E., TxDOT Lubbock area engineer.
“We know this project is going to affect a lot of motorists,” Wittie said. “The scope of the work—complete reconstruction and expansion of a busy road—is a huge task, but our goal is to make sure we get the work done in the safest and most efficient way possible.”
The project will rebuild FM 179 to include two lanes of traffic in each direction, a continuous left-turn lane, signalize the major intersections and will make drainage improvements.
FM 179 traffic will continue to be one-lane in each direction during construction, but may be shifted or detoured onto new temporary driving lanes. Motorists traveling on FM 179 can expect slow moving traffic and delays and are advised to seek alternative routes around the construction zone, Wittie said.
The speed limits through the construction zone will be reduce by 10 mph and motorists are urged to use caution when driving through the work zone since crews will be working in close proximity to traffic and should keep the following tips in mind:
- Slow down and always follow posted work zone speed limits. Speeding is one of the major causes of work zone crashes. Remember, traffic fines double in work zones.
- Pay attention. Workers and heavy equipment may only be a few feet from passing vehicles.
- Be patient. Delays from roadway construction can be frustrating, but it only takes a few extra minutes to slow down for a work zone.
The project is anticipated to be completed in summer 2022.