Interregional Planning & Environmental Linkage (PEL) Study

The Permian Basin MPO is planning for a potential interregional corridor to provide freight and vehicular connectivity in and around the urbanized Midland-Odessa area. This corridor would not only serve to expand energy and freight production/distribution, but also to enhance mobility and safety of existing urbanized corridors. This PEL will identify, evaluate and screen potential corridors for future environmental evaluation. 

The purpose of a PEL is to consider future transportation improvements in a holistic way. A PEL: 

  • Focuses on engagement with community members and other stakeholders.

  • Explores potential solutions based on impacts to the environment, the community, and the economy.

  • Addresses long-term economic benefits, regional mobility, and safety. 

  • Considers environmental stewardship in the context of identified needs.

 

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I-20 PERMIAN BASIN CORRIDOR PLAN

 I-20 is an important east-west connection for travel and trade in West Texas. As the interstate system ages. It becomes necessary to assess current safety and capacity needs and plan for the modernization of the corridor throughout the Permian Basin.

Since 2015 the MPO has been part of a TxDOT funded study focusing on evaluating the current safety and capacity needs along the approximate 40-mile stretch in the Midland-Odessa area, specifically within the boundaries of the Permian Basin Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). Ultimately, a corridor improvement plan will be based on a needs assessment including technical items such as traffic forecasts, safety data and design deficiencies, as well as input gathered at stakeholder and public meetings.

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Additional information and materials can be found at https://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/projects/studies/odessa/092418.html

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