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The Ports-to-Plains Trade Corridor was designated as a High Priority Corridor in 1998 by Congress. The Corridor provides the efficient transportation of goods and people from Mexico, through west Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado and ultimately Canada and the Pacific Northwest. The limits of the Ports-to-Plains Feasibility Study extend along highways from the New Mexico and Oklahoma borders to Mexico and include sections of I-20, I-27, I-35, US 83, US 87, US 277, US 287, SH 158 and SH 349 as shown on the Corridor map.

Ports-to-Plains Feasibility Study (House Bill 1079)

The 86th Texas Legislature passed House Bill 1079 (HB 1079) relating to a study by TxDOT of the Ports-to-Plains Corridor, including an evaluation of the feasibility of certain improvements to Interstate Highway 27 (I-27). The governor signed the bill into law on June 10, 2019.

TxDOT conducted a comprehensive study of the Ports-to-Plains Corridor. The study evaluated the feasibility of, and the costs and logistical matters associated with, improvements that create a continuous flow, four-lane divided highway that meets interstate highway standards to the extent possible, including improvements that extend I-27. The study is anticipated to conclude in January 2021.

A Ports-to-Plains Advisory Committee was established to assist TxDOT in conducting the study. The Advisory Committee was comprised of mayors and judges (or their designees) of cities and counties along the Ports-to-Plains Corridor and met on a rotational basis between Lubbock and San Angelo in accordance with HB 1079, as well as virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Advisory Committee established Segment Committees for each geographic segment along the Ports-to-Plains Corridor. The Segment Committees included representatives from municipalities, counties, MPOs, ports, chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, oil and gas industry, trucking industry and other interested parties.

Public meetings were conducted quarterly during the study and at various locations within the Ports-to-Plains Corridor and virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These meetings offered the public information about the study and the opportunity to provide feedback.  The Advisory Committee, Segment Committees, and TxDOT considered the public meeting comments in developing its recommendations for the corridor.  The Segment Committee reports and their respective executive summaries are available below:

 

Advisory Committee

The Ports-to-Plains Advisory Committee was established by the Texas Transportation Commission on Aug. 29, 2019. The Advisory Committee submitted its complete report and recommendations to TxDOT on Oct. 20, 2020, prior to the Oct. 31, 2020, deadline stated in HB 1079.

Date Location Agenda Summary Presentation

Oct. 1, 2019

Lubbock, TX

Feb. 19, 2020

San Angelo, TX

July 15, 2020

WebEx

(Virtual Meeting)

Aug. 20, 2020

WebEx

(Virtual Meeting)

 
Sept. 17, 2020 WebEx (Virtual Meeting)  
Oct. 15, 2020 WebEx (Virtual Meeting)  

Segment Committees

The Advisory Committee established three Segment Committees on Oct.1, 2019, one for each geographic segment along the Ports-to-Plains Corridor as shown in the corridor segment map. Each Segment Committee submitted its respective report providing input for the Ports-to-Plains study to the Advisory Committee by the June 30, 2020, deadline stated in HB1079.

Segment Committee Member List

  Date Location Agenda Summary Presentation
Segment 1

Nov. 20, 2019

Amarillo Civic Center

401 S. Buchanan Street

Amarillo, TX

Segment 1 Feb. 6, 2020

TxDOT San Angelo District Office - WebEx

4502 Knickerbocker Rd.

San Angelo, TX

Segment 1 April 1, 2020

WebEx

Segment 1 May 14, 2020 WebEx virtual meeting
Segment 1 June 11, 2020 Webex virtual meeting
Segment 2

Nov. 18, 2019

Hotel Settles

200 East Third Street

Big Spring, TX

Segment 2 Feb. 5, 2020

TxDOT San Angelo District Office - WebEx

4502 Knickerbocker Rd.

San Angelo, TX

Segment 2 April 2, 2020

WebEx

Segment 2 May 13, 2020 WebEx virtual meeting
Segment 2 June 10, 2020 WebEx virtual meeting
Segment 3

Nov. 4, 2019

Del Rio Civic Center

1915 Veterans Blvd

Del Rio, TX

Segment 3 Feb. 3, 2020

Laredo College - Harold R. Yeary Library & Executive Conference Center

1 West End Washington Street

Laredo, TX

Segment 3 April 3, 2020

WebEx 

Segment 3 May 11, 2020 WebEx virtual meeting
Segment 3 June 9, 2020 WebEx virtual meeting

Public Meetings

 

  Date Location Agenda Summary Presentation
Segment 1

Nov. 20, 2019

Amarillo Civic Center

401 S. Buchanan Street

Amarillo, TX

Segment 1 May 14, 2020 WebEx virtual meeting  
Segment 2 Feb. 4, 2020

Tom Green County Stephens Central Library

33 West Beauregard Avenue

San Angelo, TX

Segment 2 Feb. 19, 2020

West Texas Training Center - Howard College

3501 N. US 67

San Angelo, TX  76905

Segment 2 May 13, 2020 WebEx virtual meeting  
Segment 3

Nov. 4, 2019

Del Rio Civic Center

1915 Veterans Blvd

Del Rio, TX

Segment 3 Feb. 3, 2020

Laredo College, Harold R. Yeary Library & Executive Conference Center

1 West End Washington Street

Laredo, TX

Segment 3 May 11, 2020 WebEx virtual meeting  
Statewide Aug. 25, 2020 WebEx virtual meeting  
Statewide Aug. 26, 2020 WebEx virtual meeting  

Study Maps and Information

Previous Study

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