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      34th street is getting a makeover; expect delays

      34th street between Coulter and Soncy is getting a makeover; a two million dollar one, in fact. CIty council members voted on Tuesday for the contract that will completely rebuild southwest 34th street. They also have plans for 9th street between Coulter and Amarillo Blvd. and a 58th street project between Georgia and Washington that will be headed by TX DOT.

      "34th street is one that we've had quite a few complaints on over the years and we finally got the money and have the plans and everything done and it's already been bid so we're ready to start construction," said City Engineer, Mark Read.

      Read also explained that the project will be a complete curb-to-curb rehab project for those bumpy streets. He said that everything between those curbs and thirteen inches down will be completely taken out and redone. Construction should begin in a few weeks.

      "Our time right now is projected out into January 2015. The hard thing about that is that 34th is one of those routes that people take into the mall, especially during Christmas time, so we have to beg everyone to be patient with us because we know it's an inconvenience when we do these, but the return will be so much better that I think when we get through, everybody will be glad that we have don that," said Read.

      The company hired for the 34th street project is L.A. Fuller and Sons, who says the project will not shut down the streets during construction, but just consolidate the four lanes into two lanes during the 2-3 phases of the project.

      "The location, the logistics and all of that on the street will not change. It'll basically just be a new base, new subgrade and new driving surface," said project manager, Josh Fuller. "I know people are going to be inconvenienced. That's the nature of construction. That's the nature of working on something that's already in use and taking it out of service, especially on a busy side of town. Businesses are going to be impacted. But we will try to minimize that as much as possible in the next six months," said Fuller.

      Drivers are suggested to plan a few extra minutes in their commute for the next six months or to avoid the area if they are worried about detours or traffic.