New Highway for Named for Longtime Councilman

The City of Jacksonville has a new highway. Tuesday morning members of the City Council and the Texas Department of Transportation officially opened the Highway 175 extension. But, the morning's ceremony became more about the vision of one man, than the view from the road.

Harold Alexander has been on the Jacksonville City Council for 23 years. Over that time, he's won the respect of his neighbors, supporters and opponents while pushing for positive change. Changes like this road, his road. The new Alexander Boulevard was named for him during Tuesday's ceremony. After the opening and dedication, Alexander told Channel 7 News, "I don't think of anything better to happen to a fellow than to be recognized by his fellow citizens."

Alexander was also honored by some of his co-workers, like former Mayor, Gene Blumbelow. "He stood for so many things that were right. You could count on knowing in his heart that's what he believed. And, pretty much, he was right on target."

Alexander Boulevard runs through Alexander's district connecting Highway 69 with 175. But it also runs through the land he's always known as home. His house sits just over a small hill next to the new thoroughfare. Standing on the corner of Bolton Street and Alexander Boulevard, he remembers chasing rabbits here as a boy. "The forest is gone, but it's still beautiful. My grandfather sold that land for Bolton Street to go up there in years gone by. Now, it's coming across this way."

Roads are often used as a metaphor for life. This road was built on family land, unites different parts of Jacksonville, and represents progress for the city. As a metaphor, it has Harold Alexander's name all over it.