New Hearne CDL office to be constructed

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Kent Brunett | Robertson County News

The City of Hearne and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) have finalized the details of a proposal for DPS to operate a 2,100 square foot regional Commercial Drivers License (CDL) office on FM485 at the Hearne Industrial Park near Hearne’s POW Camp and Municipal Airport.

This new facility will serve CDL drivers in Robertson and surrounding counties. This office will also be able to accept CDL applicants from throughout the state who are just passing through or who choose to take advantage of DPS’ new CDL office and Hearne’s convenient location.

“I’ve been in contact with DPS over the last several years concerning expanding services to Robertson County,” commented Robertson County Judge Jan Roe.  “So, when DPS approached me about wanting to put a regional CDL office in Hearne, I immediately consulted city officials. In recent months, Mayor Gomez and I have been working closely together with DPS to make this regional facility a reality.”

“This new office will provide convenient CDL testing for our area, including local law enforcement agencies, school districts, counties, cities, EMS, fire departments, local companies whose employees need CDL licenses, and local individuals who need a CDL to earn a living,” Roe added.

With a significant multiplier effect, this office will serve as a magnet that pulls the above and countless others into the county. Many out of county applicants will stay in local hotels, rest up before their driving tests, test drive the skills course beforehand, get fuel, eat, and spend money while in town.

“Since truck driving schools often open near DPS CDL offices, Hearne is alerting for-profit truck driving schools as well as local state-supported colleges (like TSTC and Blinn) to this planned new regional CDL facility,” commented Hearne Mayor Ruben Gomez. “Should one of these schools open in Hearne, lots of area residents and high school students could easily get trained to be truck drivers. Since these schools often offer three-week, multi-day courses, drivers from more distant locations would likely stay in local hotels. Hearne’s planned downtown meetings and events centre could easily accommodate the book portion of CDL trainings.”

“TX6, US79, US190, and Hearne’s Love’s Travel Stop are busy around the clock. Hearne’s St. Joseph Family Medine Clinic will even offer the new federal DOT physicals. A regional DPS CDL office will not only serve area residents and current truck traffic but will likely attract even more people to Hearne,” says Gomez. “With Hearne-based ECMD, Truss Works, FracTech, and others looking for truck drivers, why not re-certify existing truck drivers and train new hires in Hearne?”

TxDOT has already built a turn lane on FM485 that begins between Fairgrounds and Airport roads. The City of Hearne will upgrade and extend water, sewer, and electrical lines to DPS’ new facility on the southeastern corner of FM485 and Airport Road. Room for future DPS office expansion is being provided. Access to fiber-optic internet will also become available.
The in-place availability of this infrastructure might prompt truck driving schools and other businesses to locate at the Hearne Industrial Park. While truck driving applicants will schedule their tests in advance, early arrivals and their passengers can easily enjoy the nearby Hearne WWII POW Camp’s visitor center.

For further information, Hearne Economic Development Director Kent Brunette can be reached at 979.820.0066 or [email protected].

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