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On Monday, Feb. 17, demolition begins on a water tower in central Lubbock. The water tower at 50th Street and Joliet Avenue is being torn down as part of a city project to build five new water towers in Lubbock.

Joliet Avenue will remain open during demolition, which should take 6 weeks to complete, but the sidewalk between CVS and Joliet along 50th will be closed. Access will sometimes be restricted on 50th Street between Indiana and Joliet Avenue.

The City of Lubbock first announced plans to build new water towers in 2019. A new water tower is expected to be built to replace the one that is being demolished at 50th and Joliet Avenue.

In other parts of the city, four brand new water towers will be built over a span of five years, with two slated to begin construction in fall of 2020.

Projected locations for the four new water tower locations are at Avenue W and 35th Street, University Avenue and 3rd Street, Milwaukee Avenue and 104th Street, and at Quaker Avenue and the Clovis Highway.