La Entrada al Pacífico
The La Entrada al Pacífico trade corridor was designated as "Trade Corridor 56" by the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act. The corridor is an international project between Mexico and the United States as a route from the Pacific Ocean port of Topolobampo in the Mexican state of Sinaloa to the U.S. state of Texas and beyond by way of the Midland-Odessa area. There is also a proposed upgrade of the rail connection which might be easier because it does not require the addition of new bridges and tunnels in the Barranca de Cobre region in which canyons are comparable in depth to the Grand Canyon in the United States.
Initially proposed in 1997, this cooperative U.S. - Mexico trade route would begin in Topolobampo, Sinaloa, and travel along Federal Highway 32 which as of July 2016, effectively ends at Choix. From there, the route is intended to travel through San Rafael, on currently non-existent roads that were supposed to have been finished by 2010. From San Rafael, the route would continue to the state capital, Chihuahua. The corridor then follows the newest section of highway to the border crossing of Ojinaga/Presidio.
The route continues from Presidio on U.S. Route 67 (US 67) to the Interstate 10 (I-10) interchange. It then follows I-10/US 67 until US 67 goes north off the interstate and intersects US 385. The route then follows US 385 to Odessa, Texas at I-20. It then follows I-20 east to FM 1788 south of Midland International Airport. It follows FM 1788 north to the proposed SH 349 reliever route to the main highway north of Midland. The final leg of the highway follows SH 349 to Lamesa.
Lamesa to Amarillo
Midland to Dallas
From the FM 1788 junction, the route follows I-20 to Dallas.
Midland to Wichita Falls
Impacts to Midland/Odessa
The initial project was conceived to assist local Mexican power companies in the regional conversion from coal to natural gas, increase efficiency of import/export logistics as well as promoting and expanding trade between the neighboring nations.
Citizens from the Big Bend area of West Texas have voiced their opinion that a larger highway through the area would damage the beauty of the area. The lack of support has prompted TXDOT to find reliever routes around cities in the area.
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- Alpine Avalanche "Analysis: Hey, guys, it's time to take down those signs" (February 22, 2008)
- Alpine Avalanche "Entrada news surprises Alpine" (February 22, 2008)
- KRTS Marfa Public Radio "No Four-Lane Highway Through The Big Bend." (February 20, 2008)
- Time Magazine "Postcard: Marfa" (February 14, 2008)
- Big Bend Sentinel "Local residents give feedback on La Entrada study methods" (November 1, 2007)
- Star-Telegram "Storm gathers over trade corridor" (April 23, 2007)
- Big Bend Sentinel "Midland city council amends La Entrada resolution to support Big Bend communities" (April 12, 2007)
- Big Bend Sentinel "Chihuahua: La Entrada's coming someday, but by rail" (April 12, 2007)
- Odessa American "Trucking or Tranquility" (April 15, 2007)
- Terrell County News Leader "'La Entrada' gets airing" (March 23, 2007)
- The New York Times "In Quiet West Texas, Residents Fight an Anticipated Trade Corridor and Its Truck Traffic" (March 18, 2007)
- Alpine Avalanche "Citizens turn out to protest 'La Entrada'" (March 15, 2007)
- Odessa American "La Entrada Opponents Speak Out" (March 21, 2007)
- "Tierra Grande"
- La Entrada planners fault opponents' 'scare tactics'
- U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration "Statement of Special Agent in Charge El Paso Division" (April 15, 2003)