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J.R. Vicha works to have highway named in honor of his father

Posted at 4:27 PM, Mar 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-04 22:30:30-05

MCLENNAN COUNTY, TX — J.R. Vicha is working to honor his father, Waco police Sgt. Bobby Vicha, by naming a portion of U.S. Highway 84 in his memory.

Bobby Vicha was murdered by Billie Wayne Coble in 1989. Coble was executed on Feb. 28, nearly 30 years after committing the crime.

A bill, named HB 2615, filed on Feb. 27 brings Vicha one step closer to memorializing his father for generations to come.

Under the bill, a portion of U.S. Highway 84 in McLennan County, between its intersection with Farm-to-Market Road 1330 and its intersection with North Vicha Road, will be designated as the "Waco Police Sergeant Bobby Vicha Memorial Highway."

Markers will be put up at each end of the highway and at intermediate sites along the way.

"I am very excited about this memorial highway designation. I think it will be a great honor and tribute to my father that will last a long time," Vicha said. "Everyone that drives on Highway 84 will see the signs. I am very thankful to all the people that are helping make this happen."

Once the bill is referred to a committee, they will begin the process of requesting a hearing on the bill from the chairman of the committee. At that time, Vicha will head to Austin to testify in favor of the bill.
If the bill is enacted into law, it will take effect on Sept. 1, 2019.