A portion of Marsha Sharp Freeway frontage road in Southwest Lubbock will close after morning rush hour traffic on Wednesday for month-long repairs at the Upland Avenue intersection.
Westbound frontage lanes near Upland Avenue will be closed to to thru-traffic, but motorists will have access to southbound lanes on Upland, according to Texas Department of Transportation spokeswoman Dianah Ascencio.
The closure comes as several miles of the freeway in central and southwest Lubbock are in a construction zone after crews began a $17 million project earlier this month to widen six miles of the freeway from four lanes to six, with three lanes in each direction.
For the Upland project, a temporary on-ramp to westbound Marsha Sharp Freeway will be opened to allow motorists access to the freeway’s mainlanes.
Southbound Upland traffic, north of U.S. 62, will be redirected to Alcove Avenue, while the lane closure will prevent northbound Upland traffic from traveling under the bridge.
Those traveling northbound on Upland will be rerouted to the eastbound frontage road.
North-and-southbound motorists on Upland are urged to find an alternate route as construction crews work on the month-long project.
TxDOT states the closure and repairs will take place weather permitting.
For the freeway-widening project, concrete barriers were set along the roadway started earlier this month and the speed limit in the active construction zone was reduced to 55 mph.
“Project limits are from Avenue L to West Loop 289,” TxDOT Lubbock Area Engineer Mike Wittie said in a news release. “The inside shoulders, in both directions, will be closed to traffic during construction and motorists can also expect various lane closures but the majority of work will take place in the median.”
TxDOT says major construction work will not take place on any freeway bridges and the project is scheduled to be complete in December 2017.