Friday, December 16, 2005

More West Texas Pork for Tom Craddick's friends

Transportation Commission approves additional funds for Midland-Odessa Area highways

Texas House of Representatives Press Release

Friday, December 16, 2005

For Immediate Release

Austin -Yesterday, the Texas Transportation Commission approved $13.5 million in additional funding for highway projects in the Midland-Odessa area. The Texas Highway 349 reliever route project will receive $10 million and the John Ben Sheppard Parkway project in Odessa will receive $3.5 million. The money will help speed up the completion of these projects.

"I would like to recognize and thank Commissioner Ric Williamson and the Transportation Commission for approving these critically needed funds," Speaker Tom Craddick (Midland) said. "This additional money will help strengthen the Permian Basin's infrastructure and its economic potential."

The funding for Texas Highway 349 reliever route and the John Ben Sheppard Parkway comes at an important time for the Midland-Odessa area as these projects move towards completing La Entrada al Pacifico, an international trade corridor between Texas and Western Mexico. The state funds released today are leveraged along with $11.6 million in federal funding that will be used for interstate and state highway construction. The trade corridor, designated by the Federal government as high priority, stretches from the deep water port city of Topolobampo, Mexico to the Permian Basin.

"The Transportation Commission has demonstrated its commitment to developing the transportation infrastructure of the Permian Basin," said Midland Odessa MOTRAN President. "We appreciate Speaker Craddick's leadership on this issue."

Once the trade corridor is completed, the Midland-Odessa area will serve as an international, intermodal and inland port facility, providing important transportation resources to compete in the modern global economy.

Alexis DeLee (512) 633-2620
Chris Cutrone (512) 463-0223

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