Tuesday, May 31, 2011

San Angelo officials push for Canada-Laredo trade corridor

Laredo would be the destination of another trade highway
From The San Angelo Standard Times

Before leaving San AngeloThursday, local officials met with Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and her legislative director, staff members specializing in transportation and military issues in Texas Sen. John Cornyn's office, and staff members from the offices of Conaway, Rep. Francisco Canseco, Rep. Henry Cuellar and others, said Robert Neighbors from the San Angelo chamber of commerce.

They talked about the Ports-to-Plains initiative to improve transportation along a series of highways from Canada to Denver and down the Texas border from Del Rio to Laredo, as well as other topics. A coalition of cities supports the Ports-to-Plains project.

The four-lane divided highway expected to promote trade and economic development is already in place from Canada to San Angelo. "We are now becoming the bottleneck and want to get our last section completed from San Angelo to Del Rio," May Alvin New said. Something in the neighborhood of $200 million is needed to finish the project, New added.

"We're really going to have to be part of a federal transportation bill," he said.


  1. Federal dollars? In Texas? Perish the thought (or is that Perry the thought). Sounds like a lotta pork-barrel. Besides, the learned San Angelo officials know that we need to secure the border first. We cant have a wide open 4 lane super highway going from Canada to Mexico because that would invited nothing but trouble from them ferners.

  2. Good phonetic spelling on ferners, see- I told you we promote literacy. Plus you can't interrupt the fracking on US 83 anyway for the Del Rio to Laredo leg of it.