With the passing of the Federal Highway Act of 1962, Congress made urban transportation planning a condition for receipt of federal funds for highway projects in urban areas with a population of 50,000 or more. This legislation encouraged a continuing, comprehensive transportation planning process carried on cooperatively by the states and local communities.
Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) were designated by the governor in each state to carry out this legislative requirement. In Webb County, the Laredo Urban Transportation Study was created to serve the Laredo urbanized area. Renamed the Laredo & Webb County Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (LW-CAMPO) in 2020, this organization continues to provide for a continuing, comprehensive transportation planning process for the region.
The following documents provide additional material on the background and purpose of LW-CAMPO: