Frequent flyer John G. Dungan made this comment on the post Your Representatives in Austin:
Frankly, at this juncture, it would make more sense to detour all through traffic on I-10 via Loop 375, up and over Transmountain. We have allowed the love of the automobile to ruin too many American cities.
The problem is that the Transmountain traverse entails a big climb, and those eighteen wheelers hate big climbs.
But never fear. TxDOT has another ace up its sleeve: The Borderland Expressway (nee Northeast Parkway). And the Borderland Expressway has that bitchin’ logo.
TxDOT’s El Paso District is dedicated to enhancing regional mobility and traffic movement into and through the city of El Paso, Texas
The purpose of the proposed project is to address regional system linkage and system capacity by providing an alternate route to I-10. The proposed Borderland Expressway would complete a route around the northeast side of El Paso suitable for truck and other through traffic, diverting traffic from the city center.
The proposed Borderland Expressway Project (formerly Northeast Parkway project) would be a new location facility from Loop 375 (1.8 miles east of Railroad Drive Overpass) to FM 3255 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard), 0.5 miles south of the Texas/New Mexico State Line). It is approximately 10.8 miles in length.
The proposed route takes the heavy traffic around El Paso and filters it through the Anthony Gap, reducing the number of big trucks driving through town just to get to someplace else.
Oh well. We all have to make sacrifices. Unless you’re part of the billionaire class, and then you persuade the politicians to get the taxpayers make the sacrifices for you.