City Council hears presentation on Ports to Plains Alliance
By WARREN SLAUGHTER
The Dalhart City Council learned how important good roads are to business and economic development in a presentation Tuesday by the Ports to Plans Alliance. The organization started in Lubbock 15 years ago with the realization that there is a shortage in the U.S. of north-south corridors with trading partners Canada and Mexico. Since its beginnings, the alliance has seen 40 percent of the 1,390-mile network of roadways connecting north and south upgrade to four- or six-lane divided highways. Dalhart has already seen some of these improvements, with the completion of the four-lane divided highway from Dalhart to Texline. Michael Reeves, president of the Ports to Plains Alliance, said that Texas has committed $230 million for projects over the next two years. Included in this funding are plans to make U.S. Highway 87 from Hartley to Dumas a Super 2, meaning there will be mile-long passing lanes along the highway to help traffic move more safely and efficiently. Mr. Reeves also pointed out that completing the Ports to Plains project would reduce accidents in Texas by 47%. Currently, oil plays in Canada and the Dakotas are being drilled. For every two jobs that are created in oil in Canada, one job is created in the U.S., Reeves pointed out.
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