At Tuesday's regularly scheduled meeting, the Lubbock City Council considered a resolution that asks the U.S. Congress and the Texas Department of Transportation to consider extending Interstate 27 further south.

According to the resolution, Texas does not have a major north-south interstate west of I-35. The resolution notes an assessment made by TxDOT in 2015, which estimated that extending I-27 inside the Ports-to-Plains Corridor, which begins in Colorado and ends at the southern U.S. Mexico border in Texas, could cost around $7 billion dollars.

Right now, I-27 runs only between Lubbock and Amarillo. The City Council’s resolution proposes that I-27 be extended potentially as far south as Laredo, Texas, and claims it would cost only $5.2 billion dollars. The I-27 extension would intersect with I-40, I-20, and I-10, and serve three border crossings with Mexico.

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