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New ordinance impacts and protects future of brick roads in Lubbock

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

City Councilman Randy Christian's committee has been forming a plan to make improvements to brick streets and alleys in Lubbock.

"We've been working off and on over the last seven months, not just looking at brick streets but streets all over the community to see how we can go about repairing, replacing and even some instances putting new streets in where they've never been in Lubbock," Christian said.

The new ordinance outlines six historical brick streets that are protected.

Broadway Ave, Crickets Ave, Buddy Holly Boulevard, Texas Avenue, Avenue J and South Overton all would have to be fixed with the original brick aesthetic. 

"Our M.O. is not to get rid of brick streets," Christian assured. "As time goes by, there will be some streets that will be removed and replaced with asphalt that don't fall into these areas."

The possibility of the other brick streets being replaced by asphalt or concrete has some citizens worried that they will lose a part of the towns history. 

"Now is any of this going to happen tomorrow? Of course not," Christian said. "We aren't going to tear up brick streets if they're in great shape."

Jack Becker, a Historian at Texas Tech, said these streets are an important part of Lubbock's story and he understands why the roads are so special.

"During the 20s Lubbock went through a rapid period of growth," Becker explained. "The streets, of all those improvements, are the only thing that's left so it's kind of a symbol of 100 years of progress."

Councilman Christian says his committee wants to preserve the brick streets, but preserving all of them is not feasible.

"It is a maintenance problem," Christian said. "The cost per square feet is substantially different than concrete or particularly, asphalt."

The city council voted 4 to 3 in favor of the ordinance, but will revisit it at the beginning of September. 

"I think we've got the good bones for an ordinance," Christian said. "We're going to go back and look at some of our fellow council members concerns."

We have a link to review the new ordinance in the FOX34 News app.

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