By Kevin Jefferies
Washington – Congress has approved legislation that puts a part of Interstate 30 on a list of high priority corridors for the U.S.. The transportation bill is named the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Act: A Legacy for Users, or SAFETEA-LU. It prioritizes the stretch of I30 beginning where it intersects I-635 east of Dallas to where it intersects I-40 in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Representative Ralph hall was successful in having I-30 put on the revised list of high priority corridors. The stretch of road was not even in the bill before it went to committee. The result was also the work of the River of Trade Coalition, a band of Texas cities along the corridor to ensure this area of Texas was included in any legislation.
The new designation means a potential for increased funding all along the corridor for transportation and other needs.