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Expansion of Panama Canal could create chaos in already bustling Texas roads, officials fear. Fears of volcanic growth

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

While it is expected to be a boon for Texas' economy, the Panama Canal expansion has local officials worried about the effects on the already bustling Texas 288 and other Brazoria County roadways.

A deeper, wider canal will mean bigger ships coming to Freeport and more trucks using Texas 288 to carry cargo to Houston and beyond.

"Texas is poised for dramatic -- almost volcanic -- growth," Mike Wilson, director of trade development for the Port of Freeport, said at a recent quarterly luncheon for the Greater 288 Partnership.

Original source: Houston Chronicle