Construction of route’s northern section due to start next week
ABILENE – TxDOT contractors on Monday, Feb. 20 are scheduled to begin the first phase of construction on the northern section of the US 87 truck relief route, part of the Ports to Plains Corridor in Howard County. The southern section of the route, the William B. Crooker Memorial Highway, was completed in the summer of 2016.
During the first phase of construction, contractors will be widening the shoulder of US 87 near I-20. Lanes will be restricted to one lane in each direction during this time.
This project will continue the US 87 relief route on the western end of Big Spring from I-20 for approximately eight miles, tying in to FM 700 and US 87 on the north end of Big Spring to complete the full relief route. The route will alleviate congestion issues for downtown Big Spring while facilitating safer, more efficient freight and traffic flow. Travelers will be able to access downtown Big Spring via Business US 87, or continue at speed along the relief route to their destination.
Johnson Bros. Corporation, A Southland Company, of Roanoke, TX was awarded the project in September 2016. The $68 Million northern section will include overpasses at I-20 and also at Union Pacific Rail Road, retaining walls, drainage structures, illumination, and two lanes in each direction with a wide median. An aggressive construction schedule estimates the completion date to be early 2019.
Once completed, the entire rural expressway will represent more than $125 Million spent to address connectivity, congestion, and freight mobility across North America.
Travelers are encouraged to be especially watchful when traveling through this and all work zones. Lane closures, workers, and large, slow moving equipment should be expected in this area as work progresses. It is important to always drive to conditions and obey traffic signs.
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