Copperas Cove City Council on Tuesday recognized retiring Texas Department of Transportation District Engineer Richard Skopik by giving him his day.
Aug. 31, Skopik’s last day working as the Waco District’s engineer, will be Richard J. Skopik Day in the city, according to a proclamation Mayor John Hull presented to him.
“I want to thank you for everything you have done for us,” said Hull.
Thanks to Skopik’s efforts, two large bypass projects being built around the city will help mitigate traffic congestion on what is now U.S. Highway 190, said Hull.
Skopik said he could not have accomplished his goals without help from the council members and City Manager Andrea Gardner.
“It takes a lot of folks over time ...,” he said about accomplishing large road projects. “I hope we listened.”
Serving as the district lead engineer, Skopik oversaw the planning for both State Highway 9, the city’s future northern bypass from east U.S. 190 to Farm-to-Market 116, and the future U.S. 190, the city’s southern bypass that will take traffic from the Rail Head overpass to Farm-to-Market 2657.
Skopik has worked for TxDOT for 34 years and as the Waco District engineer since 1998. He also oversaw the expansion of U.S. 190 from Fort Hood’s Bernie Beck Gate to Constitution Drive in the city, the expansion of U.S. 190 from the same gate to Harker Heights, countless Interstate-35 projects, State Highway 201 in Killeen, the expansion of State Highway 195 and other transportation projects.