Central North American Trade Corridor

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Organization Overview

CNATCA, the Central North American Trade Corridor Association, was created in 1991 and reorganized in 2013 to serve as a catalyst to improve the Northern Great Plains long-term transportation economic competitiveness. CNATCA is a non-profit organization made up of communities, tribes, business and industry leaders, universities, and non-government officials who are joining forces to leverage corridor resources, reverse out-migration, increase trade, enhance infrastructure, attract visitors and industry, and revitalize the economy. Together we are strengthening North America's backbone.

Our Mission

We are the conduit that brings trade, development, and commerce to the Central North American Trade Corridor.

Our Vision

A corridor region that is prosperous and fully integrated with the global economy.

The Central North American Trade Corridor extends from Alaska and the Port of Churchill in Canada through the Canadian provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia, then through North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, the Oklahoma panhandle, and Texas in the USA, and south to Mexico City.

The efficient flow of goods, services, and travelers through the Central North American Trade Corridor will raise the quality of life for all citizens along the route by increasing business development and diversification, job opportunities, sustainable communities, and improved quality of place. This corridor will not only promote economic benefits, but could be the catalyst in rural revitalization and help curb the out-migration of people from states and provinces along the corridor’s route.

CNATCA believes establishing and promoting The Pathway to Progress/Central North American Trade Corridor Association in this region that has been virtually ignored will give it the opportunity to flourish economically. To make this a reality, the Association promotes the development of the five essential areas referred to as the 5 T’s: Tourism, Technology, Trade, Transportation, and Training.

CNATCA is mobilizing the corridor's assets and resources to spark
  • An Autonomous Friendly Corridor;
  • Economic Growth;
  • Rural Revitalization;
  • Infrastructure Development;
  • Public/Private Investment; and
  • International Trade.
The foundation of a vibrant regional economy is based on its long-term economic transportation competitiveness. This foundation must include progressive government policy and regulation and a well-designed and maintained transportation infrastructure that provides convenient access to a variety of rate-competitive transportation modes and services.

CNATCA seeks to provide a collaborative framework to address economic issues, accomplish greater continental unity, encourage the continued economic integration between the three North American countries, and foster greater collective involvement in the emerging global economy.

Autonomous Friendly Corridor

CNATCA embraces emerging technologies to facilitate better use of existing roadways as well as airspace. The Autonomous Friendly Corridor would be such a space, allowing someone to program an autonomous vehicle in Texas to deliver goods to Minot, North Dakota. Autonomous vehicles will make much better use of our current infrastructure. With the shortage of long haul drivers, safety concerns, and scheduling issues, autonomous vehicles seem like a logical choice. Someday in the future, this will be commonplace. CNATCA wants to set the standard now and allow this technology to flourish in a way that will have a direct economic impact in our region.

The Autonomous Friendly Corridor will be an area designated and regulated for the use of unmanned vehicles in commerce. The proposed corridor would be 15 to 20 miles wide and stretch from North Dakota to Texas, and possibly into Canada and/or Mexico. Land-based autonomous vehicles will be allowed to move cargo on approved roadways, and air-based vehicles will have to stay within the confines of the airspace provided.

A series of “Land Ports” will be developed within the corridor approximately 200 miles apart. These “Land Ports” will have the ability to fuel and service autonomous vehicles and add or remove cargo. They will also have areas available for unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) to land, along with support services for them.

CNATCA will champion the states in the corridor to adopt regulation to allow this technology to be used and flourish.

What is an autonomous vehicle? 

An autonomous vehicle is a vehicle capable of fulfilling the human transportation capabilities of a traditional vehicle. They are able to sense their environment via radar, lidar, GPS, and computer vision and navigate without human input. Advanced control systems interpret sensory information to identify navigation paths, as well as obstacles and signage.

U.S. Route 83 is one of the longest north–south U.S. Highways in the United States, at 1,885 miles (3,034 km). Only four other north–south routes are longer: U.S. Routes 14187 and 59. The highway's northern terminus is north of Westhope, North Dakota, at the Canadian border, where it continues as Manitoba Highway 83. The southern terminus is in Brownsville, Texas, at the Veterans International Bridge on the Mexican border, connecting with Mexican Federal Highway 180.

Despite its length, it has comparatively few concurrences with any Interstate highways, and those segments are short. In no place has it been decommissioned as a route.

Route description


U.S. Highway 83 (US 83), dedicated as the Texas Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway, is a U.S. Highway in the U.S. state of Texas that begins at US 77(Interstate 69E, I-69E) in Brownsville and follows the Rio Grande to Laredo, then heads north through Abilene to the Oklahoma border north of Perryton, the seat of Ochiltree County. It is the longest north–south highway in Texas, and the second longest overall (behind I-10).

In the Lower Rio Grande Valley, US 83 is a freeway that is at or close to interstate standards from Brownsville to Penitas. In May 2013, the Texas Department of Transportation applied to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) for this 48-mile (77 km) section to be designated as I-2. After an initial disapproval of the application by the Special Committee on Route Numbering, the I-2 designation was conditionally approved by the AASHTO Board of Directors, pending concurrence by the Federal Highway Administration. On May 29, 2013, the segment of US 83 was approved as an I-69 connector using the I-2 designation extending approximately 46 miles (74 km) from Harlingen to west of Mission.

Route description
US 83's southern terminus is at a concurrency with I-69E/US 77 on the south side of Brownsville at the Brownsville – Veterans Port of Entry at the US/Mexico border. It remains co-signed with I-69E/US 77 until Harlingen, where I-69E/US 77 makes a sharp turn northward and US 83 maintains a westerly route to McAllen, Texas, concurrent with I-2 until Palmview. From there, the highway roughly parallels the Rio Grande until Laredo where it makes a northwesterly turn toward Carrizo Springs, the seat of Dimmit County. The speed limit on US 83 is briefly 75 mph through Dimmit County.

Merging with I-35 just south of downtown, US 83 remains co-signed with the interstate until an exit at Botines, Texas. From there, it continues northward, intersecting with I-10 just south of Junction. US 83 is co-signed with I-10 for approximately 8 miles (13 km), turning northward and leaving I-10 at the Kimble County Airport.

After continuing northward through several rural western Texas towns, US 83 then merges with US 84 east of Tuscola, where it makes a sharp turn back to the north. US 83/84 remains a co-signed route until Abilene, where US 84 turns to the northwest and US 83 remains northbound, merging with US 277 on the west side of the city. US 83/277 remains a co-signed route until approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) north of Anson, where US 277 turns northeast, and US 83, northwest.

After merging with US 380 in Aspermont and briefly sharing a route, US 83 continues northward, merging with US 62 in Paducah. US 83/62 continues as a co-signed route until approximately 15 miles (24 km) south of Wellington, where US 62 makes a sharp turn eastward, leaving US 83 to continue northward, where it crosses into Oklahoma approximately 6 miles (9.7 km) north of Perryton.


US 83 traverses the Oklahoma panhandle along the western border of Beaver County, but in this brief 37-mile (60 km) stretch it encounters no fewer than three other federal highways. Approximately 10 miles from the Texas line, US 83 intersects US 412 in the hamlet of Bryan's Corner. Continuing its journey northward, the highway crosses the Beaver River, then intersects US 64 in Turpin. US 83 North and US 64 East are co-signed for 3 northbound miles, where US 64 turns eastward. At this intersection, US 270 West joins the highway, and together with US 83 proceeds northbound for the final 6 miles (10 km) to the Kansas line.


US 83 enters the Sunflower State in Seward County, approximately 4 miles south of Liberal, where it intersects US 54. North of Liberal, US 83 begins a multiplex with US 160, and the highways remain joined until reaching Sublette, the seat of Haskell County. US 83 and US 160 split north of Sublette, with US 160 heading west toward Ulysses, and US 83 continuing north toward Garden City.

At Garden City, US 50 and US 400 join US 83 for a brief concurrency on a bypass around the east and north sides of the city while US 83 Business follows the former routing through downtown. All three routes cross K-156, also known as Kansas Avenue, in the northwest portion of the city. At the north end of the US 50/83 Business route, US 83 splits and heads north toward Scott City, while US 50 and US 400 remain joined through the rest of the state. The highway passes through largely unpopulated areas of Finney County and Scott County before reaching a junction with K-96 in downtown Scott City.

In northern Scott County, K-4 has its origins at US 83, heading east toward Healy, and US 83 traverses through rolling farmlands until reaching Oakley, the seat of Logan County. US 83 reaches US 40 less than a mile west of Interstate 70, and the two highways jog west for a brief multiplex before US 83 splits and crosses I-70.

North of I-70, US 83 begins a concurrency with K-383, formerly US 383. Passing to the east of Gem in Thomas County, US 83/K-383 takes a sharp northeasterly track through Rexford and Selden. After passing through Selden, K-383 splits from US 83 and continues northeast to US 36, while US 83 meets the beginning of K-23.

US 83 returns to a northerly course at the Sheridan CountyDecatur County line, and passes through Oberlin at US 36. Oberlin is the last area of significant population the highway passes in Kansas; the next city is McCook, Nebraska.


A view of the Dismal RiverNebraska Sandhills, and US Route 83 in Thomas County, Nebraska
US 83 enters Nebraska south of McCook, where it meets US Route 6 and US Route 34. It continues northward to North Platte, where it intersects Interstate 80 and US Route 30. After leaving North Platte in a northeasterly direction, it turns north near Thedford and goes north through the Sand Hills to Valentine. For 5 miles (8.0 km) before Valentine, it runs concurrent with US Route 20. After passing through Valentine, it continues north to enter South Dakota.

South Dakota

Looking south at the intersection of US 83 and I-90 in Murdo, South Dakota
US 83 enters South Dakota south of Olsonville on a segment of highway which passes through the Rosebud Indian Reservation. After a brief overlap with US Route 18 in Mission, the route turns north and meets Interstate 90 at Murdo. The two routes overlap as US 83 goes east with I-90 until Vivian, where US 83 turns north. At Fort Pierre, US 83 meets US Route 14 and South Dakota Highway 34. The three highways overlap as they cross the Missouri River and enter Pierre. At Pierre, SD 34 separates and US 83 turns northeast with US 14. They separate near Blunt and US 83 turns northward. US 83 briefly overlaps with US Route 212 near Gettysburg and with US Route 12 through the Selby area. US 83 leaves South Dakota north of Herreid.

The South Dakota section of US 83, with the exception of concurrencies with US 18Interstate 90US 14US 212, and US 12, is defined at South Dakota Codified Laws § 31-4-180.[2]

North Dakota

US 83 enters North Dakota at the South Dakota state line, near the town of Hague, and runs northward for approximately 68 miles (109 km), serving the small cities of Strasburg and Linton before reaching Interstate 94. It follows I-94 west to Bismarck, where it resumes a generally northward course as a four-lane highway.

Headed toward Minot,US 83 traverses mostly agricultural land, passing through the some small cities such as WiltonWashburn,and Underwood north to Max. Leaving Underwood, US 83 encounters a large strip-mining coal (lignite) operation which can not only be seen from the roadway in the vicinity of Falkirk, but a small viaduct carries coal mining cars over the highway. North of Coleharbor, US 83 briefly merges both roadways and shares land with an adjacent railroad line in order to cross a viaduct that separates Lake Sakakawea from Lake Audubon. North of the lakes, the surroundings return to cropland and grazing land though a wind farm located south of Minot.

US 83 passes directly through Minot, where it is known as Broadway, although the Minot Bypass to the west is an alternate route. From Minot, the northbound route passes Minot Air Force Base where it returns to a two-lane highway, and shares a roadway with eastbound North Dakota Highway 5 about 30 miles (48 km) north of the base for about 10 miles. The highway then diverges from ND-5 to head north to the Canadian border.

Major intersections

US Route 83 running through a major retail district of McAllen, Texas.

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