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Welcome To Case's Column

Let me say a big welcome to all of you for joining me here. I'm going to call these blog meetings Case's Column. I wanted to use "Corner", but that was already taken. Since 2008, it's been a real privilege to come on here and share some of my life with you, and it's a big world where we live.

In these blogs, I'll just speak whatever is on my mind, but we will be playing within the rules here. I may pick a particular topic, point out an event, or shoot the breeze. I'm a little bit of an essayist at times, so I'll just speak what's on my mind, and I might tell a story or two. Or, I might spew out an opinion or three. There will be some serious moments, some tender, some poignant, but there will also be those moments that you'll just bust out laughing. But, hopefully, everything will be in good fun here. And, of course, there's a place below for your comments and thoughts as we go along here. So feel free to join me for the ride -- I sure as heck hope I'm doing this right and not making any mistakes.

Thanks for taking your time in reading Case's Column. Hopefully, you'll enjoy being entertained by it as much as I've enjoyed putting these writings together. And thanks for the time you spend in City-Data.com, where it's great to be alive!

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What Would TXDOT Do If I-27 Actually Gets Its Corridor Tagged?

Posted 02-05-2022 at 06:38 PM by case44
Updated 03-16-2022 at 07:31 PM by case44


Alright, fellow roadies, we've had one shoe drop. It's time now to see the other. Enough talk had been done. Time for action.

Back in the fall, Interstate 14 became official in Congress. It looked for a while like Forts-To-Ports would be kicked to the curb, if not largely ignored. So now, we wait and see if Interstate 27 can have a similar fate, at least, south of Lubbock and down to a point 18 miles north of Laredo. The Texas Department of Transportation has an awful lot on their collective plates now; this situation is but another. Imagine kicking an 80-yard field goal. Well, maybe that's a slight exaggeration, but in any event, convincing Congress to consider I-27's corridor designation must become a priority. And that's after we had a bill signed to do a study for the corridor.

Here's a scenario: Let's say the corridor passes with flying colors. Let's say it gets the OK. How then should the powers that be go about this with I-14 also in the picture? TXDOT brass must have to get some more pins or rubber bands for their wall maps or rev up its think tank more intensely. Like Frank Sinatra sang in a certain song, "You can't have one without the other..." Such will be the case here. You have an I-27 proposed for the San Angelo area. You have it for Midland. And Big Spring. How will that and I-14 roll for the aforementioned? And what will be the mainline for I-27 if it gets approved?

I've shared ideas about possibilities in the past, but in looking at the proposal for I-27, it just creeps up my spine after I've read several online articles detailing potential scenarios. If you have two segments of a potential I-27, one through Midland and another through Big Spring, then how should that be arranged? It wouldn't bother me if I-27's mainline actually went through Big Spring. Why? Because 27 would be shorter through there and form a straighter shot to Lubbock from San Angelo, whereas the westerly segment would travel a bit further as it loops into Midland and back out again toward Lamesa. Not trying to knock Midland, but I think they should have the auxiliary designation and not the mainline as it was actually suggested outside of Case's Column. There could be a mainline I-27 going straight through Big Spring (albeit on a brand-new U.S. Highway 87 loop highway around the town's west side) while Midland could have an I-227 designation. I doubt you'll see a 27E/27W scenario like two other Texas interstates already possess, so you should look for the former type of situation.

In addition, with all this said to now, what happens with the north branch of I-14? It could simply just end in San Angelo and not even face a multiplex with 27 out to Sterling City and any kind of a routing to Midland. If I-27 can simply accomplish the things that I've just mentioned in this-here space , then I-14 wouldn't even be necessary north of a potential western terminus, which actually could be at I-27 on San Angelo's southeast side.

Hey, just saying.

So, while the I-14 euphoria still lactates among many Central, East, and West Texans, let's at least try to be practical in considering the other corridor and prioritize that first.
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  1. Old Comment
    Would have been nice last Wednesday.
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    Posted 02-07-2022 at 03:42 PM by shoe01 shoe01 is offline
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    Here's the dill, pickle : Let's say that 27 becomes official for the suggested routing south of Lubbock. What would be the scenario if Interstate 27 had its mainline through Big Spring? It would mean that Lubbock's downtown exit would be around mile marker 524 with this arrangement, assuming that mile marker 0 would be off I-35 around where U.S. 83's north junction leaves that highway.

    But what if 27's mainline goes through Midland? It's an approximation, but Lubbock's downtown exit may be at mile marker 563 with the latter arrangement. That western segment will be longer.
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    Posted 02-10-2022 at 06:44 PM by case44 case44 is online now
  3. Old Comment
    Guess what, sports fans??

    Just guess....


    The speculation discussed in this blog post is now becoming a reality. I-27 is officially coming to areas south of Lubbock! Great days are ahead!

    That news broke today. Go check out shoe01's new thread (as of March 16) on our Lubbock forums. Texas is on the grow now more than ever, and this new undertaking will be huge!
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    Posted 03-16-2022 at 07:20 PM by case44 case44 is online now
  4. Old Comment
    I quoted Kyle Jacobson of the Lubbock CoC a while back:

    Quote:
    We've got a regional economy that complements the rest of the state's economic portfolio, a world-class university with 40,000 students, and an abundance of natural resources. Give us the infrastructure - I-27 and broadband - and let's take this rocket ship to the moon.
    Looks like at least one of two is on its way. My guess is that when he’s referring to broadband, he’s talking about some areas outside the city/county. Based on my very limited research, some more rural parts in the region have it, while others may not.
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    Posted 03-18-2022 at 12:20 AM by shoe01 shoe01 is offline
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    New chair for Abbott’s Broadband Council: Floyd County Judge

    (Floyd County is adjacent to Lubbock, northeast.)
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    Posted 03-20-2022 at 01:30 AM by shoe01 shoe01 is offline
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    My goodness, shoe. Somebody out there heard you....
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    Posted 03-20-2022 at 07:49 PM by case44 case44 is online now
 

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