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 the Texas Department of Transportation (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 shall conduct a comprehensive study of the Ports-to-Plains Corridor. The study must evaluate 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 is comprised of mayors and judges (or their designees) of cities and counties along the Ports-to-Plains Corridor and will meet on a rotational basis between Lubbock and San Angelo in accordance with HB 1079.

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

Public meetings will be conducted quarterly during the study and at various locations within the Ports-to-Plains Corridor. These meetings will offer the public information about the study and the opportunity to provide feedback.

The Advisory Committee, Segment Committees, and TxDOT will consider the feedback received in developing its recommendations for the corridor.

Advisory Committee

The Ports-to-Plains Advisory Committee was established by the Texas Transportation Commission on August 29, 2019. The Advisory Committee will assist TxDOT in conducting a comprehensive study of the Ports-to-Plains Corridor. Not later than October 31, 2020, the Advisory Committee shall review and compile the reports submitted by each Segment Committee and submit a complete report to TxDOT along with any recommendations.

Date Location Agenda Summary Presentation

Oct. 1, 2019

Lubbock, TX

   

Jan. 2020

San Angelo, TX

     

March 2020

Lubbock, TX

     

July 2020

San Angelo, TX

     

Sep. 2020

Lubbock, TX

     

Segment Committee

The Advisory Committee has established three Segment Committees on October 1, 2019, one for each geographic segment along the Ports-to-Plains Corridor as shown in the corridor segment map. Not later than June 30, 2020, each Segment Committee shall submit a report to the Advisory Committee providing input for the Ports-to-Plains study.

  Date Location Agenda Summary Presentation
Segment 1

Nov. 20, 2019

Amarillo, TX

     
Segment 2

Nov. 18, 2019

Big Spring, TX

     
Segment 3

Nov. 4, 2019

Del Rio, TX

     

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