Soon, the Texas Department of Transportation will host a second public meeting of the year for the Loop 88 project in Lubbock. The Loop 88 proposal is an ambitious project that would construct an additional “loop” to connect parts of Lubbock that Loop 289 doesn't reach to Shallowater, Wolfforth, and Slaton.

The Loop 88 proposal, also referred to as the Lubbock Outer Route, would build an additional loop northwest to connect to Shallowater. It would extend southwest to Wolfforth, south to Woodrow Road and then southeast to Slaton. The Texas Department of Transportation has held public meetings on the Loop 88 proposal since September 2009.

TxDoT will be holding another public meeting Tuesday July 24 at the Lubbock-Cooper Performing Arts Center, located at 16302 Loop 493, at 5:30 p.m. There are essentially four main segments that must be constructed to make Loop 88 a reality. The upcoming meeting will focus on segments 1, 2, and 4, according to TxDot’s website.

Segment 1 involves a road that connects US 84 in Shallowater with US 62 in Wolfforth. Segment 2 focuses on construction from 82nd Street to CR 1200 or US 84. Segment 4 is construction from US 87 in South Lubbock to US 84 in Slaton. The last meeting to be held was February 20, 2018. As always, the meetings are free and open to the public to voice their concerns and opinions.

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