The Border Highway East (BHE) project recently completed its Planning and Environmental Linkage study. The study began in May 2013 and was completed in October 2014. The study included community discussion and a visioning process for transportation improvements along the border in southeast El Paso County.
The study area begins at Loop 375 near the Zaragoza International Port of Entry (POE) and extends south to the Fabens International POE. I-10 and the Rio Grande serve as east and west boundaries.
Planning and Environmental Linkage (PEL) Study
A PEL study will identify and document transportation needs for the area. The PEL process provides early collaboration with the public as well as local, state and federal agencies. By working together, alternatives and avoidance measures can be developed at a local level.
A feasibility study in 1997 identified the following challenges:
The PEL process will result in a proposed solution to these challenges as well as potential funding options.
|Alternative Screening Methodology|
|Environmental Constraints Report|
|Universe of Alternatives Memo|
|Purpose and Need Statement|
|Public Involvement and Agency Coordination Plan|
The following public meetings were held:
The first series of open house meetings was held in November 2013. The purpose of the meetings was to examine the transportation needs in the study area.
The second series of open house meetings was held in March 2014. The purpose of the meetings was to present both the universe and preliminary alternatives for the BHE study area.
The third series of open house meetings were held in July 2014. The purpose of the meetings was to present the recommended alternatives/future projects for the BHE study area.