What Do You Do In Lubbock If The Traffic Light is Dead This Weekend?
An unintended consequence of LP&L joining ERCOT over the Memorial Day weekend is that Traffic lights will be out in sections across the city in increments.
I already experienced this at 34th and Frankford and while the light wasn't busy enough to cause mass chaos, a downed traffic light could absolutely be dangerous if everyone isn't paying attention.
According to the City of Lubbock, the Lubbock Police Department will be available to direct traffic in certain instances but not every intersection will have an officer guiding the flow of traffic. If there are not any officers, or traffic ladies with vests, smiles and a cute little stop sign, then just treat the traffic lights that are turned off as a four-way stop.
Of course, this isn't the only unfortunate consequence of power being cycled on and off all across the city this weekend. Stores, restaurants, and entertainment venues will all be potentially closed for a time this weekend. So, if you're planning on going out to eat, you might want to call ahead to make sure they'll be able to cook your meal while you are there.
Want to go to a bowling alley or Main Event for a Memorial Day Weekend treat? Better call ahead and make sure the lights will be on.
You can also try to keep up with the outages in real-time here.
Bottom line, don't take the power and electricity for granted this weekend in Lubbock.