Griffith: Loop 88 will be just as impactful as Loop 289

Griffith: Loop 88 will be just as impactful as Loop 289

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

When Loop 289 was built from 1960 to 1972, District Three City Councilman Jeff Griffith said many believed it was too ambitious for the city, but now, it is the heart of Lubbock. 

"I remember the mid '60s when my father, a Lubbock businessman, drove me out to what is today -- Loop 289. I asked my father as a kid -- where's all the traffic? He said this is the future of Lubbock, trust me," Griffith said.

Just like Loop 289, Griffith said Loop 88 will be a gamechanger for the city.

"The south route goes from Tahoka highway down 1585 and when it gets close to Wolfforth, it's going to go outside of Wolfforth and head back around up north, close to the Reese campus," Griffith said.

The main challenge going forward -- Griffith said it is getting federal and state funding.
    
But last week, the Texas Transportation Commission awarded the city $33.5 million to potentially start construction in 2021.

"It is a great advancement for us and our metropolitan planning organization committee was very tickled that they added $33.5 million to our $10 million to get us going," Griffith said.

Griffith said they needed get ahead of the growth curve in South Lubbock, and that waiting another five years for a project like Loop 88 was not possible.

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