City council votes to discuss interstate expansion

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San Angelo Mayor Brenda Gunter presented the potential benefits of expanding and improving interstate transportation routes to city council. Following that, the council voted unanimously in favor of working with TXDoT to bring about the project. 

“Well I-27, or what we have also referred to as the ports to plains corridor, is an important corridor,” said Gunter. “That’s because, out here in West Texas, we produce all the food -fiber- and fuel for a lot of the United States. As well as internationally. So the faster, quicker, and safer we can get product to market – the better it is and the less expensive it is.”

According to their website, the Ports-to-Plains Alliance is a group of communities and businesses whose purpose is to advocate for new, expanded and improved transportation infrastructure throughout North America. They place special interest on bringing the energy and agricultural goods from the U.S. heartland and southwest region to ports in Mexico to Canada.

The vote by city council serves to indicate San Angelo’s interest in being part of the planning discussion. “The best version of the I-27 conversation,” explained Gunter, “would be a four-lane divided highway. That to me is very important, with an I-27 designation or I-14 designation. Because we believe we need to be part of that conversation whether it’s the I-27 or the I-14.”

The project includes a feasibility study that maps out several phases of construction and factors in expected traffic demands and population growth through 2050. City officials point out that an improved interstate would also reduce the burden on city streets posed by large cargo trucks. 



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