The US 87 Truck Relief Route in Howard County is the Abilene District’s largest ever project.
The proposed US 87 Truck Relief Route includes a new four-lane rural expressway providing two lanes in each direction with a wide median.
This corridor currently runs through downtown Big Spring and its traffic is approximately 30% trucks, which create traffic congestion. 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.
The decision has been made to let the US 87 truck relief route contract using the additive alternate bid process. The additive alternate bid process allows us to develop two scopes of work. The only difference between the two scopes of work is the intersection at BU 87 and FM 700. The primary bid is with an at-grade crossing (no overpass) at the intersection of BU 87 and FM 700. The additive alternate bid allows an interchange (including overpass) to be built at the intersection of BU 87 and FM 700. When we let the project, contractors will submit bids for both the primary and alternate bid. The Contractor with the lowest primary bid will be selected. If their additive alternate bid is below the authorized construction budget the interchange will be built. If not, the at-grade crossing will be built.
A mandatory attendance pre-bid conference is scheduled for Aug. 25, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. at the following location:
Dora Roberts Community Center
100 Whipkey Drive
Big Spring, TX 79720
Contractors who might be interested in bidding on this project are encouraged to attend this meeting. Proposals received from contractors not attending this meeting will be rejected.
The southern half of the truck route began field work in early 2014 and is expected to be complete in the summer of 2016. Funding for the second phase, which will be the northern half of the route, was approved in the summer of 2015 by the Texas Transportation Commission, thus identifying the route as a priority for TxDOT. Phase two is expected to begin in the fall of 2016.
This information is not intended for bidding purposes. All information is tentative until plans are 100% complete and project is let. Contact the Abilene District for more information and to request a copy of the latest plans.
TxDOT Abilene District
Transportation Engineer, Advanced Project Development
4250 N. Clack St.
Abilene, TX 79601