Permian Basin leaders make case for new interstate route


ODESSA, Texas (AP) — The race is on for extending Interstate 27 from Oklahoma to the U.S.-Mexico border and Permian Basin leaders are lobbying earnestly for the big road to run through here.

Currently covering only the 121 miles between Lubbock and Amarillo, it appears certain that I-27 will join Interstate 35 as Texas' only major north-south highways, they say.

Republican congressional nominee August Pfluger of San Angelo, Odessa State Rep. Brooks Landgraf and Midland-Odessa Transportation Alliance President James Beauchamp say it won't be easy to swing the road west away from the old Po...

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