|Laredo would be the destination of another trade highway|
Before leaving San AngeloThursday, local officials met with Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and her legislative director, staff members specializing in transportation and military issues in Texas Sen. John Cornyn's office, and staff members from the offices of Conaway, Rep. Francisco Canseco, Rep. Henry Cuellar and others, said Robert Neighbors from the San Angelo chamber of commerce.
They talked about the Ports-to-Plains initiative to improve transportation along a series of highways from Canada to Denver and down the Texas border from Del Rio to Laredo, as well as other topics. A coalition of cities supports the Ports-to-Plains project.
The four-lane divided highway expected to promote trade and economic development is already in place from Canada to San Angelo. "We are now becoming the bottleneck and want to get our last section completed from San Angelo to Del Rio," May Alvin New said. Something in the neighborhood of $200 million is needed to finish the project, New added.
"We're really going to have to be part of a federal transportation bill," he said.