The Texas Department of Transportation Commission has approved a local truck corridor to Port Freeport that proponents say will remove several thousand trucks from local roads.
Once a fee of $30 per load is paid, either by credit card or through an escrow account, permits will be issued online. The permit price will cover road maintenance. In September, the port will offer training seminars for industry employees interested in using the corridor.
“This will make us and our local partners more competitive in the global market place by allowing containers that were moving to Houston to be delivered here with more cargo inside," Port Freeport's executive director and chief executive officer, Glenn Carlson, said in a statement.
Texas Rep. Dennis Bonnen and Sen. Joan Huffman helped bring the truck corridor to fruition, Carlson said.
"As we move forward together with our local industry partners," Carlson continued, "we hope to continue to find ways by working together and enhance our regional competitiveness, investment and spur the creation of more jobs now and in the future." - Jon Ross