Regional
11:27 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Border Master Plan Meeting Thursday

As the El Paso/Santa Teresa – Chihuahua Border Master Plan project nears completion, the public is invited to attend the final information event from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10 at the El Paso Natural Gas Conference Center on The University of Texas at El Paso campus.

“The intent of the project is to catalog and rank infrastructure and improvement projects along the border that stand to benefit the people of the U.S. and Mexico,” said Salvador Hernandez, Ph.D., assistant professor of civil engineering and co-principal investigator of the project.

The master plan, which will officially be completed on April 1, prioritizes planned transportation and port of entry (POE) projects for the region by using newly developed criteria such as congestion alleviation, economic value, improved accessibility to POEs, and community impact.

“We hope that the public can make it to this outreach event,” Hernandez said. “It’s a good opportunity to voice their opinions and learn about these transportation projects that could make life a little easier for them.”

During the event, faculty and students who have worked on the master plan since April 2012 will present maps and details to the public on potential upcoming projects.

The Border Master Plan represents a binational stakeholder effort to prioritize and promote POE and related transportation projects, inform decision making, allocate limited funding sources, and ensure continued dialogue and coordination on current and future POE and supporting transportation infrastructure needs and projects.