El Camino East/West Corridor Commission
The El Camino East/West Corridor is a 1,729-mile east/west corridor which stretches from Brunswick, Georgia to El Paso, Texas, traversing the states of Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. El Camino, or “The Kings Highway” actually goes into Mexico. This is the route our forefathers traveled to settle this country. In all, this scenic route passes through the heartland of the Old South, crossing some 55 counties and impacting directly 1.5 million residents of these counties. When considering the economic impact of the corridor, and taking into account the population within 75 miles of the corridor, the population impacted by the El Camino project is close to 7 million persons. Wayne Brown, Mississippi Highway Commissioner, refers to the El Camino project as a “true economic development highway.” In the total 1,729 miles of El Camino in the United States, the only two metropolitan areas it intersects are the trade center of Dothan, Alabama, and the Temple-Killen-Belton, Texas area. The remainder of the route is strictly small towns which are in tremendous need of the tourism and development opportunities inherent in the widening of the corridor.
The El Camino Commission was established in 1989. The first Chairman of the Commission was Dr. Leland Scoggins, who served in this capacity until 2006, when Janet Sullivan was elected Chairman of the Board. Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Louisiana have all adopted uniform signage for the route, designating it the “El Camino East/West Corridor”. The Alabama legislature formally adopted the “El Camino” name and agreed to erect the signage in April 2004.