ULTIMATE INTERSTATE

Corridor 44 Extension

Ultimate Interstate Corridor 44 - The Ports to Plains Corridor
Description Ultimate interstate 44 extension has 2 proposed sections First the section from Wichita Falls to Lubbock and then the section from Lubbock to Las Cruces/El Paso, which has two possible routings.
Wichita Falls to Lubbock The alternate southern extension extends southward from Lubbock along the US-87 corridor passing near Lamesa, TX and then passing near Big Spring on its way south to San Angelo. From there Ultimate Interstate 27 would continue south generally following US-277 connecting to I-10 at Sonora, TX and then continuing south to Del Rio, TX. and Eagle Pass, TX where it rurns more eastward until it reaches US-83. from there it continues down US-83 and eventually meets its southern terminus at I-35 north of Laredo, TX.
Preferred North Routing (via Roswell and Alamogordo) The northern route follows US-380 and then US-70 through Roswell and Alamogordo from Alamogordo the highway would then follow the US-54 corridor southward eventually ending at I-10 in El Paso. The highway could also be routed further west to connect directly with I-10. This highway would also include a spur route Connecting the corridor with Las Cruces and I-10 westbound (see below). This northern routing stays more in central New Mexico and would serve mostly government and military areas located in the area, as well as cities far removed from the interstate system, like Roswell and Alamogordo as well as bases like Ft Bliss.
Alternate South Routing (via Hobbs and Carlsbad) The southern route travels along US-180 through Hobbs and travels southwestward through Carlsbad where it reenters Texas and eventually ends in El Paso at the planned I-210 loop (Current Loop 375). The connection to I-10 would be made via I-210.
Auxiliary Routes I-444 Las Cruces spur. This route follows US-70 south from Alamogordo to Las Cruces.
Purpose and Need This corridor provides needed transportation links for freight and completes several missing links in the interstate system. If built it would provide a connection from St Louis and the east (via I-70) and Chicaco (via I-55) to the southwest (via I-10) and cities like El Paso, Phoenix and Los Angeles and San Diego.