Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Loop 375 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

*Note - Gov. Perry frequently departs from prepared remarks.
Wednesday, June 07, 2006  •  Speech

Thank you, Commissioner Houghton.  I am honored to be here with Mayor John Cook and so many leaders who have worked to make Loop 375 a reality. 

As we cut the ribbon on the final sections of Loop 375, the people of El Paso can look forward to faster commutes, easier access to I-10 and Downtown, and less time wasted stuck in traffic.

And from my perspective, investing $63 million in state funds to fix the cause of so many headaches is a whole lot cheaper than supplying a million people with a daily dose of aspirin. 

Good roads like this one are essential for the safety of our families, the health of our economy, and the preservation of our environment.

We face some unique transportation challenges in Texas. 

Not only do we have a lot of places to go, but a lot of people trying to get there. 
In fact, over the last five years our population has increased nearly 10 percent, and that means we have more than 2 million new Texans traveling our already congested highways.

While they haven’t all moved to the East Side, sometimes it seems that way. 

That’s why building Loop 375 was so important. 

With two new lanes in each direction, five new overpasses and 20 access ramps, this project will make life better for El Paso families and businesses.  

It will help the city handle the large volume of NAFTA traffic, and encourage economic growth. 

And most importantly, it will help reduce accidents and save lives. 

I am proud that Texas could help make it all possible.  Thank you.

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