Gov. Greg Abbott has signed a bill directing the Texas Department of Transportation to study the possibility of extending Interstate 27.
The comprehensive study will consider whether I-27 can be extended from the northern Panhandle to Laredo.
The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reports that the bill sponsored by much of the West Texas delegation passed the House and Senate in May. Abbott signed it June 10.
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The bill says the department will establish a Ports-to-Plains Advisory Committee comprising mayors and county judges along the route to assist with the study.
A feasibility study conducted in the 1990s indicated the cost of such a project would outweigh the benefits. Ports-to-Plains Alliance President Michael Reeves says population expansion since then means the need now exists.