El Paso city leaders continue to work through next year’s budget.
On Monday, the City Council went over some priority items they’d like to see movement on.
City Rep. Sam Morgan is calling attention to the northeast.
He said there needs to be a connection bridge filling in the gap between two well-traveled roads.
Right now, Sean Haggerty Drive does not connect between Dyer and McCombs streets .
If you want to go from McCombs to Dyer, you have to go all the way around.
Some people told KFOX14 it’s an inconvenience.
“Not having it is very stressful,” said northeast El Paso resident Jose Jurado. “You know, a lot of people waste their gas going all the way around to take their kids to school and people struggle.”
Morgan said the estimated cost to build the connection is about $18 million.
He told KFOX14 he understands it’s a lot of money and not something that’ll be completely funded this budget cycle.
But he wants the council to know there’s a need.
“Right now, it’s a 2/10 of a mile gap there, that hasn’t been looked at for infrastructure development, and we need to take a serious look at that,” he said.
On Monday, the council voted to allow the city staff to look into connection options and to see where the funding could come from.
The next budget meeting for the City Council will be on Tuesday.