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Our Story & Successes

More than a physical byway that connects our communities, the Ports-to-Plains Corridor is an opportunity to improve business and help drive change on a number of levels.

The non-profit, non-partisan advocacy group consists of more than 275 communities and businesses whose mission is to advocate for a robust international transportation infrastructure to promote economic security and prosperity.

Based in Lubbock, Texas, the Ports-to-Plains Alliance is a community-driven group led by economic development professionals, business leaders, mayors and other elected officials from the 10-state economic development corridor. The organization serves as the collective voice of the region, fighting for highway-improvement funding.

Founded in 1995, the Ports-to-Plains Corridor was first granted federal designation as a high-priority corridor from Laredo, Texas to Denver, Colorado via U.S. Interstate 27 in 1998.

Today, there are four federally designated High Priority Corridors on the National Highway System of the Ports-to-Plains Alliance. They are the Ports-to-Plains Trade Corridor, the Heartland Expressway, the Theodore Roosevelt Expressway and the northern part of the Camino Real.

The Ports-to-Plains Trade Corridor begins in Laredo, Texas and extends through Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Colorado, where it meets up with the Heartland Expressway. The Heartland runs through the northern portion of Colorado, Nebraska and into Wyoming. The northern third of the Ports-to-Plains Alliance Corridor, the Theodore Roosevelt Expressway, runs from Rapid City, South Dakota to North Dakota and Montana. The Camino Real connects north to Alberta through Wyoming and Montana. Collectively, the U.S. corridors traverse through more than 3,088 miles.

The Ports-to-Plains Alliance Corridor serves eight of the top ten wind generation states, 28% of the nation's ethanol refineries, five of the top six natural gas producing states, seven of the top 10 oil producing states and four of the top eight farm states.

Beyond the U.S. the Alliance extends into the energy and agriculture rich areas of Canada, connecting to the Eastern Alberta Trade Corridor. In Mexico, development is underway connecting the Texas / Mexico border to the Port of Mazatlán on the west coast of Mexico.

SUCCESSES


  • Secured nearly $2 billion in funding for projects throughout the Alliance Corridor since inception
  • Upgraded 54% of the entire 3,088 mile Corridor to four-lane highways or better
  • Opened a new gateway from the Pacific Coast to the Ports-to-Plains Corridor with the completion of the Mazatl├ín / Durango Highway in Mexico
  • Created a multi-state, international Alliance that includes more than 275 partner communities and businesses throughout the Corridor

FUNDING BY STATE

Montana        $20,000,000
North Dakota $684,348,000
South Dakota  $49,405,062
Nebraska  $57,296,000
Colorado  $228,367,475
Oklahoma  $24,097,361
New Mexico  $138,432,376
Texas $769,426,406
   
Total $1,967,372,680
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