Lubbock Cooper teacher says fixing roads will make students safe

Lubbock Cooper teacher says fixing roads will make students safer

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The upcoming election will determine if a $99 million bond package will be granted to fix roads in the county. Brenda Ortiz teaches at Lubbock Cooper. She said some of her students don't take certain roads because they're unsafe. 

"Students are afraid they are going to mess up their vehicle or they are going to hit another vehicle, depending on how fast they are driving because there are so many potholes on the roads," Ortiz said. 

Woodrow road is right next to the school. If the bond is passed, it isn't the only project planned. Lubbock County Judge Curtis Parrish said every quadrant of the county will see improvement. Along with the issue of school safety, the current road conditions in some parts of town raise agricultural concerns. 

"A farmer can't get in and out of his cotton fields or in and out of his green fields because the roads are so deteriorated," Parrish said. 

He said there wouldn't be a hike in taxes if the bond passes, and the actual funding would exceed $100 million. 

"We're able to tap into some state matching money, which would basically turn our $99 million into $199 million, getting a two for one from the state," Parrish said. 

Early voting begins April 22nd and election day is May 4th. 

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