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This articleQuoteAfter the highway is complete, travel time between Matamoros and the state of Sinaloa, a highly agricultural region often referred to as Mexico’s breadbasket, is expected to be reduced from 20 hours to about 12, making Brownsville’s port a quicker option for commerce than Phoenix. ....With a large percentage of the United States’ produce coming from Mexico — it’s estimated 60 percent of all the nation’s lettuce comes from the region surrounding Mazatlan — the port is aiming to have a place for it to go in case companies divert their trucks to the Gulf Coast to reach the East Coast and beyond ....
After the highway is complete, travel time between Matamoros and the state of Sinaloa, a highly agricultural region often referred to as Mexico’s breadbasket, is expected to be reduced from 20 hours to about 12, making Brownsville’s port a quicker option for commerce than Phoenix. ....With a large percentage of the United States’ produce coming from Mexico — it’s estimated 60 percent of all the nation’s lettuce comes from the region surrounding Mazatlan — the port is aiming to have a place for it to go in case companies divert their trucks to the Gulf Coast to reach the East Coast and beyond ....
Infrastructure projects this year will continue to put an emphasis on the Port of Brownsville and its freight capabilities as connections to the shipping hub are expected to bring further investment to the area ....Garcia said there is special focus on connecting the county’s ports of entry with the deepwater port, especially due to the jobs growth that a spike in freight could inspire.The recent completion of a Mexican superhighway connecting Mazatlan and Matamoros has led to talks among county and port officials about enhancing facilities at the port to capitalize on produce trade that will come from the largely agricultural Sinaloa state of Mexico. ....The county and TxDOT are also expected to begin preparations this year to provide a connector from Interstate 69 near the port of entry to FM 1419, though that project isn’t expected to be funded until March of next year.Still, getting the ball rolling on that project, which Sepulveda described as an “east loop,” is a major goal for the county this year.“We’re hoping by August of this year we will have clearance on the east loop project,” he said, adding that that would set up the project for construction beginning next year.That connector would allow commercial traffic to enter the port from the south side, he said.TxDOT Regional Spokesman Octavio Saenz said in an email that the project would reduce congestion for trucks and commuters alike.“The goal behind this project is to get the truck traffic from the Veterans Bridge to the Port of Brownsville and allowing them to circumvent the heavy traffic and the school zones on International Boulevard,” he said.
Thank you for your email. Yes, the Beach/SH 180 intersection appears to be an SPUI. It appears to have been constructed in 1962. Wikipedia states that the 1st SPUI was in Florida in 1974 near St. Petersburg (close to Clearwater). In that case, the one in Fort Worth seems to pre-date that one.Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.Michael PetersPublic Information OfficerTxDOT's Communications DivisionFort Worth District
http://starlocalmedia.com/planocourier/news/ceremony-scheduled-to-rename-u-s-for-rep-sam-johnson/article_23ed8e48-8f67-11e3-afec-0019bb2963f4.htmlOn February 24, the section of US 75 between the Bush Turnpike in Plano and US 380 in McKinney will be named for Sam Johnson, a US Congressman from the area. The article doesn't say if this is symbolic or if the N. Central Expwy. naming will actually go away in favor of Johnson.If so, there will be 2 north TX highways with 'Sam' for first names (this one, and the Sam Rayburn Tollway section of TX 121), and 'Johnson' for last names (this one, and I-635 LBJ Freeway).
http://www.newschannel10.com/story/24255469/city-txdot-plan-to-expand-loop-335http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2014-01-12/hollywood-road-project-focuses-safety-mobilityIn Amarillo, south Loop 335 between I-27 and before the Washington St. exit, will be getting a redo that's long been needed. Currently, the road is 4-lane with left turn closer to I-27, while east of that it is just 2-lane. All of is at-grade, with 3 signals. When done, it will be 4-lane with service roads and grade separations. I haven't seen any mockups or schematics yet.
In the area west of Ft Worth, there are some old US Highway alignments that are brick.
TxDOT has posted an updated version of the Texas Official Travel Map.
Wonder if 87 will ever reopen on the coast
QuoteWonder if 87 will ever reopen on the coastGood question. It's been closed quite a while. It looks like this road met it's demise due to sea level rise. On a similar note, a section of SR A1A if Florida had to be re-routed inland due to it being taken by the sea.
Quote from: Brian556 on February 23, 2014, 07:21:18 PMIn the area west of Ft Worth, there are some old US Highway alignments that are brick.Camp Bowie - the old Highway 80 alignment? Is that still brick? I loved those old bricks....
Interesting to note these 2 piers at the junction of TX-114 with PGBT/TX-161 waiting for a flyover ramp. http://goo.gl/maps/dHOyh