Texas Department of Transportation – U.S. 87 Truck Relief Route in Howard County Near Big Spring, TX

The US 87 Truck Relief Route, a $70 million project completed in July of 2020, consists of a new four-lane rural expressway providing two lanes in each direction with a wide median. The truck-relief route is along the Ports to Plains corridor that stretches from Canada through the United State and on into Mexico. This corridor, which previously ran through downtown Big Spring, also handles heavy traffic due to Permian Basin oilfield activity. Roughly, 30 percent of that traffic consists of trucks – creating traffic congestion. The new US 87 Truck Relief Route allows vehicles on the Ports to Plains Corridor to travel at highway speeds and includes grade-separated intersections for a safer less congested alternative while still allowing access to downtown Big Spring through Business US 87. It also incorporates a three-level interchange at the Interstate Highway 20 (IH 20) intersection – allowing for the separation of US 87, IH 20, and frontage road traffic. Overall, drivers are now safer and experience less congestion, allowing everyone to get to their destinations faster and easier.