Texas Transportation Commission approved feasibility study for I

Texas Transportation Commission approved feasibility study for I27 extension

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The Texas Transportation Commission approved a TxDOT feasibility plan for extending I-27 from Lubbock to Laredo. This corridor would provide the only north to south route in Texas west of I-35 and would intersect three other major highway systems.This is the first feasibility study for extending I-27 in about 20 years. TxDOT IS updating it's freight mobility plan. 

"The fact that it is put in that mobility plan is excellent news for us here in Lubbock," said John Osborne, President of the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance. "That means that there is at least greater chance of this project coming into fruition." 

The feasibility study would analyze the current highway conditions, traffic flow, and the overall economic impact. 

"I think another key thing they are going to be looking for is regional support," said Michael Reeves, President of the Ports to Plains Alliance "They want to make sure local citizens are supportive of extending I-27."  

The extension of interstate I-27 could bring more manufacturing jobs and boost the west Texas economy. 

"When you bring those types of jobs that brings more people and so as a result of these companies that opens up than you have more workforce that wants to be here," said Osborne. "You have more people that want to live in those communities." 

The alliance will take its appeal to the TxDOT planning department to show its commitment.

"Then we can begin working for the federal designation," said Reeves."Then will be moving on to getting construction started." 

The I-27 extension would upgrade approximately 500 miles from Lubbock to Laredo and the estimated cost of construction would be 5.2 billion dollars.



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