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Efforts to extend Interstate 27 received a significant boost as the Texas Transportation Commission approved a plan that recommends feasibility study for extending I 27 from Lubbock to Laredo.
is a big step for Ports to Plains and our goal to extend I 27. We commend the Transportation Commission and the Texas Freight Advisory Committee for recognizing that the Texas freight network has a significant gap without a major north south interstate highway west of I 35, and taking action to meet the need, said Amarillo Mayor and Ports to Plains Alliance Board Member Ginger Nelson.
The Texas Freight Mobility Plan 2017 lists I 27 from Lubbock to Laredo as a Strategic Freight Project. The plan defined Strategic Freight and Initiative recommendations as investments that will shape the state future freight transportation demands as well as address current unmet needs. Some strategic projects rise to a higher level due to the potential impact they have on statewide freight movements and economic competitiveness. The Texas Freight Advisory Committee played a key role in identifying priority strategic projects and initiatives based on current and future freight volumes, trends and economic opportunities. Texas Freight Mobility Plan states, Ports to Plains (I 27) corridor from Laredo to Denver was designated as a high priority corridor on the National Highway System in 1998, and in 2015, a TxDOT initial assessment report on the I 27 corridor found it to be critical to linking the energy and agricultural sectors to state, national and international trade. The I 27 extension would provide the only major north south corridor in Texas west of I 35, and it would intersect three major east west routes: I 10, I 20 and I 40. The I 27 extension would upgrade approximately 500 miles from Lubbock to Laredo at a conceptual cost estimate of $5.2 billion. TxDOT has recommended more detailed study of the extension to determine whether an incremental improvement approach or a complete interstate facility approach would meet safety and mobility needs. Interstate 27 will have a significant impact on economic development throughout West Texas, and it will improve the flow of freight throughout North America, said Ports to Plains Alliance President Michael Reeves. two thirds of US Mexico trade by truck goes through Laredo, and much of that freight moves through some of Texas largest metropolitan areas on the very congested Interstate 35. I 69 provides an alternative for some of those trucks heading to the northeast, and I 27 can provide a less congested alternative for freight heading northwest. has been working since August 2016 to develop the Texas Freight Mobility Plan (TFMP) 2017 that meets all Fixing America Surface Transportation (FAST) Act requirements. The first Texas Freight Mobility Plan was adopted by the Texas Transportation Commission in January 2016. The FAST Act provided a new freight focused funding program, the National Highway Freight Program (NHFP), and also created new requirements for state freight plans to have in place by December 2017 in order to qualify for the NHFP funding. These new requirements include: creation of Critical Rural Freight Corridors, creation of Critical Urban Freight Corridors, and development of a fiscally constrained freight investment plan.
A section of the Ports to Plains Corridor, US 87 between Big Spring and San Angelo, was designated as a Critical Rural Freight Corridor by the plan.
is rewarding to see TxDOT recognize how important the Ports to Plains Corridor is to the state. This is the result of years of hard work from several dedicated people. We also recognize that there is still more to be done and we look forward to working with TxDOT to make sure they have the resources necessary to fully implement this plan, said Ports to Plains Alliance Chairman John Bertsch.