Laredo is one of the fastest-growing cities in Texas.

Over the past ten years, there has been a steady increase in population, employment, and economic growth. To plan for this growth, the Webb County-City of Laredo Regional Mobility Authority conducted the North Laredo-Webb County Transportation Planning Study to assess mobility conditions, gather community input, and develop transportation solutions.

Goals of the Study

  • Identify roadway improvement projects to relieve congestion in North Laredo
  • Promote safety for all users of the transportation network
  • Coordinate planning and implementation efforts with International Bridge and Port of Entry operations
  • Coordinate private land development and public investments in mobility infrastructure
  • Promote efficient movement of goods while reducing the impacts of freight operations on neighborhoods and sensitive lands
  • Improve overall transportation network connectivity and resiliency

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The study recommends three improvement areas for the transportation network in North Laredo and Webb County


Recomended Multimodel Imrovements

Improvements were developed using traffic analysis and stakeholder input

Traffic patterns in the study area provided critical information about the effectiveness of a roadway and its given cross-section within the overall network. This information was used to confirm appropriate cross-sections, then used to analyze various combinations of roadway improvements to evaluate impacts and benefits to the overall network in the base year 2018 and the future year 2040. This was done using the latest available regional travel demand model from the MPO. The traffic analysis compared performance related to the overall network as well as how proposed improvements affected individual roadways in the system. This information was then used to develop and test improvement strategies. One of the most important sources of input to the study was the public and key stakeholders, who played a critical role in establishing study goals, vetting potential roadway network solutions, and giving feedback on priorities.

Recommended Roadway Network Improvements

One of the biggest challenges in the study area is a general lack of roadway infrastructure that places an increased burden on existing roads, particularly FM 1472 (Mines Road). The study reinforced the need for added capacity on existing corridors, as well as providing new roads in the short, mid, and long-term to improve connectivity, and system performance.

Recommended Multimodal Improvements

The study area is also unique in that it has both residential and commercial uses in very close proximity. To better support these mixed uses, the study proposes several multimodal improvements to help provide a safer environment for pedestrians and cyclists. Depending on the location within the project area improvements could include protected bike lanes and/or shared-use paths, improved pedestrian lighting, and connectivity across the interstates and through interchanges.

Project Phasing

Project Phasing

Multimodal Routes

Multimodal Routes

Implementation Plan

Each capital project must go through the project development process that includes defining, planning, and designing to get to construction. To help the RMA move projects forward in the process, the study identified a prioritized list of improvements. The study team also developed estimated costs, timelines for project development, and anticipated construction years. This implementation plan will help the RMA in identifying and pursuing transportation funding for the recommended improvements. Each project schedule will be revisited and defined in more detail as part of the scoping discussions during the project initiation phase. This information can be used to coordinate with city and county capital improvement budgets or when submitting projects to the Laredo Metropolitan Planning Organization for funding under the Category 7: Surface Transportation Program – Multimodal Mobility funding category.

N. Laredo Timeline

Disclaimer: As the project becomes more defined and progresses through the project development process, there can be more certainty on what the likely total project cost will be, so over the course of developing the project, its cost estimate can be expected to change.

 

First 24 Months

  • Identify key partners and determine commitments to the first five years of this plan
  • Determine how to formalize partnerships for funding projects in the plan
  • Finalize funding for Vallecillo Road and Hachar Parkway
  • Determine how to formalize partnerships for data collection and sharing
  • Determine the approach for Travel Demand Model Update and Data Collection Plan
  • Identify funding for the first set of Multimodal Improvements and Milo Road Extension
  • Identify Project Development funds for Aquero Boulevard and Carriers Drive extensions
  • Identify funds for investment in Travel Demand Model update
  • Proceed with PS&E on Vallecillo Road and Hachar Parkway
  • Begin Environmental Process and Schematic Design on Milo, Aquero, and Carriers
  • Finalize funding for Milo, Aquero, Carriers and first set of Multimodal projects

Project List With Estimated Cost

Project List With Estimated Cost

Estimated Schedule For Projects

Estimated Schedule For Projects

Recommended Projects by Phase

Recommended Projects by Phase

Public & Stakeholder Involvement

General

Study Overview Handout


Flyer


FAQ


Stakeholder Meetings – Sept. 16-18, 2019

Presentation


Public Meetings – November 6, 2019

Public Notice


News Release


Presentation


Display Boards


Presentation to City of Laredo/Webb County/MPO – February 2020

Presentation


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