DESIGNATING U.S. HIGHWAY 84 THE "EL CAMINO EAST/WEST CORRIDOR."
WHEREAS, U.S. Highway 84 is the primary East/West transportation route in South Alabama; and
WHEREAS, the improvement to U.S. Highway 84 is imperative to the economic development of rural South Alabama; and
WHEREAS, both the State of Georgia and the State of Mississippi will soon complete the four lanes of U.S. Highway 84 through their states; and
WHEREAS, this route was one of the primary migration routes from the Atlantic Coast to the present Texas/Mexican border from Brunswick, Georgia, to El Paso, Texas; and
WHEREAS, this route, along with its variations, was named El Camino Real, The King's Highway, by the Spanish settlers; and
WHEREAS, the El Camino East/West Corridor Commission, a five-state effort involving Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia, formed in 1992, to effect four-lane improvement to this route, has been successful in convincing sister states to install signage along this route designating this as the "El Camino East/West Corridor"; and
WHEREAS, this joint effort will add to the potential for economic development and the tourism appeal to the corridor and its many historic sites, and it is appropriate for this body to join this essential endeavor; now therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, BOTH HOUSES THEREOF CONCURRING, That U.S. Highway 84 through South Alabama is designated the "El Camino East/West Corridor." The Department of Transportation is requested to erect signage matching that of Louisiana and Mississippi at the East and West entrances to each county and town and at each major intersection along the route, and include this designation on all future maps and promotional literature.