TxDOT breaks ground on Hwy. 87 reliever route

A ground-breaking ceremony for the largest construction project in the history of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Abilene District to date — the US 87 Truck Relief Route — was held Friday at the Hangar 25 Air Museum.Local, state and federal dignitaries celebrated the moment by speaking of the project’s history, economical importance and the collaborative effort by West Texas communities to bring the bypass to fruition. Yet, of all the eloquent words spoken at the podium Friday morning, one long-time advocate of the Ports-to-Plains trade corridor said it best.“Today is one of those I-can’t-really-believe-this-is-happening days,” said Bill Crooker, a long-time former Howard County commissioner and an original member of the Ports to Plains Trade Corridor Coalition who left the board in 2011.For more of this story, read Sunday's edition of the Herald.