TXDOT Holds Public Meeting Over Highway 87 Reliever Route in Big Spring

by Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

Folks in Big Spring are getting a closer look at a new reliever route for Highway 87. On Thursday, the Texas Department of Transportation hosted a public hearing on their proposed plans. For the most part, everyone is pretty excited about the reliever route, but there are some who are not at all happy with where this route will go through.

The reliever route for Highway 87 is trying to get all the truck traffic that runs through the city right now out to the west of town. The plan for the four way highway is to keep those trucks from tearing up the roads that run through the city.

But the new highway will have to go somewhere and for some NewsWest 9 talked to, they're not happy with what they think is going to happen to their peaceful quiet neighborhood when a major new road is built next to it.

"It's going to bring noise to our neighborhoods where we are quiet and it's just upsetting to us that it's coming that close. They could of cut down further and stayed out of our subdivision," Geraldine Yard, who is concerned about the route, said.

The reliever route is not fully funded yet but the construction of the highway could begin in five years. Questions posed during Thursday's formal public hearing will be answered through the mail but TXDOT officials answered many questions in person before the meeting. Residents will also be able to submit comments 10 days after the hearing date.