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Old 03-03-2012, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Edinburg, Texas
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How is the Marsha Sharp Freeway going in Lubbock? Is constrution still occuring? When should this project be completed?
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Old 03-03-2012, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Denver
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The freeway is in its final phase of construction. It's complete and fully functional from Milwaukee Avenue all the way to Avenue L. Once the I-27 interchange is finished later this year, it will be fully connected. There are plans to build overpasses at Milwaukee and Upland so the freeway extends past Wolfforth (the highway is already freeway status around Wolfforth), but the funding for that hasn't been secured yet.
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Old 03-03-2012, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I lived in Lubbock for a couple of decades, now just a frequent visitor. The MS Freeway is the best thing to come along that I have ever experienced. When the I-27 interchange is completed, it will make the trip from Amarillo area to SW Lubbock an absolute breeze. Getting across town has never been so easy.

Even better to get a great view of Tech on the way past, too!
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Old 03-04-2012, 10:11 AM
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I lived in Lubbock for a couple of decades, now just a frequent visitor. The MS Freeway is the best thing to come along that I have ever experienced. When the I-27 interchange is completed, it will make the trip from Amarillo area to SW Lubbock an absolute breeze. Getting across town has never been so easy.

Even better to get a great view of Tech on the way past, too!
The downside is, a direct-connect from I-27 isn't planned (or, for that matter, funded) as yet, so you'll still have to exit and go through a traffic signal and utilize feeder roads just to connect from one freeway to another. It will still be better than what it was, but if I hear anything about a direct-connect, I'll keep you posted.
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Old 03-04-2012, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Hey thanks! I just assumed with all the construction going on right there, that a direct connect was in the works. So much for assuming...

I won't mind hitting a light and the access road a bit to do it though. Really is not too bad now, even with the construction.

Seeing as I make this trip fairly often, it will only get easier.
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Old 03-04-2012, 09:14 PM
 
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I saw an article from December that mentioned an early spring completion date for the current phase, but don't know if that's still the case.
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:34 PM
 
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Update: A "source" said that the freeway's downtown stretch (barring significant delays, of course) should be open to traffic in June, with construction hopefully complete by September.
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Old 04-05-2012, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Look forward to trying that part out too. I just can't say enough good things about how well that freeway works out for selfish old me.

Anything that gets me quicker to the new grandbaby in SW Lubbock is a good thing.
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Old 04-06-2012, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Floresville, TX
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Daggum, they started building that when I was in school there in 2003-04. Damn road construction takes waaaay too long these days.
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Old 04-06-2012, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Denver
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Daggum, they started building that when I was in school there in 2003-04. Damn road construction takes waaaay too long these days.
Uhhhh, building a freeway through the middle of a city while keeping the major highway it's replacing open is an incredibly logistically challenging and time consuming ordeal.
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