Yesterday, Texas State Senator Kel Seliger, representative for District 31, and other dignitaries gathered with the members of the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce and Big Spring Economic Development Corporation to celebrate the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the completion of the NORTH US HWY 87 in Howard County.
The new US 87 Truck Relief Route will allow vehicles on the Ports to Plains Route to travel at speed with less congestion while still allowing access to downtown Big Spring through Business US 87.
When asked why the completion of the route is important for Big Spring and Howard County, Blair Schroeder, Regional Director for Congressman Jody Arrington, stated, “It’s somewhat of a promise of things to come as part of the larger Ports-to-Plains project. With the passage of the trade agreement that Congressman Arrington was able to be a champion of in the House, that’s gonna help drive business and economic development all across the U.S., but specifically through this part of the country. So, an infrastructure project like this helps build in capacity as those projects continue to grow and as the dollars tend to follow.”
According to Tanya Brown, with the Public Information Office for the TxDOT Abilene District, the new US 87 Truck Relief Route is 32 lane miles. It runs from IH-20 to North US 87. She stated that the north portion starts North of the FM 700 and US87 intersection and meets the South portion at IH-20.
Brown advised that the Southern portion is also complete. You can now go from North of Big Spring to South of Big Spring. TxDOT is currently working on a bridge that will connect US 87 with FM 700. She advised that There is some minor work to be done on the North section that will be accomplished with day time lane closures.