Since 1993, the La Entrada al Pacifico trade corridor has been discussed as one of the ways that the local economies of Midland and Odessa could diversify away from oil and gas production. But while much work has been completed on the Mexican side of the border, the American side has been limping along with small sections of improvements.
The corridor, which is about 850 miles long, begins in the coastal town of Topolobampo, Mexico, and works its way through Mexico and into Texas at the Presidio border and then moves through the Permian Basin and toward Lubbock.
The La Entrada concept was supposed to encourage international trade between the two countries and to international markets beyond. The route was initially conceived from a proposed expansion of Interstate 27 south of Lubbock, which was expected to grow south toward Interstates 20 and 10, according to literature from the Midland-Odessa Transportation Alliance (MOTRAN).
But while the Mexican government is estimated to have spent over $400 million on its portion of the trade corridor, MOTRAN President James Beauchamp said the amount on the American side is a fraction of the Mexican’s contribution.
La Entrada, he said, can create efficiencies for those looking to transport items between the two countries.