Lo and behold, the editorial board of the El Paso Times thinks Loop 375 is a great phuckin' idea.
The Board states:
The project will alleviate current traffic problems — particularly the lack of a relief route for Interstate 10 — and position the city for future growth.
Then the Board goes on to state:
El Paso historically hasn't had the traffic congestion issues that plague other Texas urban areas, and completing the loop is good planning.
The Board in one editorial basically says, "Yes, we need this because traffic sucks so bad. But honestly traffic does not suck that bad, we just like the idea of spending $800 million just in case."
But it gets better when the Board quotes El Paso's own and Texas Transportation Commissioner, Ted Houghton.
The Great Houghton says:
"We must do everything we can to accommodate this growth and help enhance commerce, and I can't think of a better project to do that than the extension of Loop 375 Border Highway West."
Which this does not make much sense either, or at the very least needs some clarity.
Much of where the Loop is going through is where nothing can be developed.
Besides according to some of you, the Loop is for all those 18-wheelers. So what then? A thousand fueling stations will bloom along what little land is available to develop along the Loop?
Again back to El Paso's point about other Texas cities. Other Texas cities are looking at ways to either move or remove highways.
Here in El Paso, we are looking a little behind the times by wanting to add more highways.