The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has received the Presidential Permit authorizing the State of Texas to proceed with construction of a bridge between Presidio, Texas and Ojinaga, Chihuahua. The permit allows for the building of a new two-lane second bridge structure to complement the existing two-lane bridge.

 “This is a great development for the people of Texas and a great tool to help TxDOT advance projects at the border,” said TxDOT Chairman Tryon Lewis. “Dollars dedicated to border projects mean increased trade.”

The project is set to let this August, and has a construction cost estimate of US$ 10 million, TxDOT informed. Once completed, the original bridge will have its bridge deck replaced at an estimated cost of US$ 3.6 million.  No permit is required for the second operation.

“This is the culmination of a long, community-driven effort to strengthen one of Texas’ valuable land ports of entry. The Texas portion of the U.S.-Mexico border is a critical component of the global flow of trade, and Presidio increasingly will be a contributor,” said Senator Jose Rodriguez.  “I’m proud to support the community’s efforts and look forward to the continued development of the Presidio port-of-entry.”

Nancy Gonzalez/MexicoNow

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