$2.1 billion to go toward transportation infrastructure in RGV

The Texas Transportation Commission, the five-member governing body of the Texas Department of Transportation, has unanimously approved a statewide, 10-year transportation program with $2.1 billion scheduled to be distributed to the TxDOT district in Pharr for transportation infrastructure.

The district office in Pharr covers Hidalgo, Cameron, Starr, Willacy, Zapata, Jim Hogg, Brooks and Kenedy counties.

“I am exceptionally pleased that Chairman Bruce Bugg and the other Commissioners approved the 2020 UTP with such favorable funding allocations for South Texas,” commission chairman and State Rep. Terry Canales said in a news release. “After many long meetings and phone calls with TxDOT and the Commission, I truly believe that our message about the importance of the Rio Grande Valley infrastructure in international commerce was well received.”

In addition to the $2.1 billion, the South Texas region can anticipate additional funds including $3.5 billion from the TxDOT Bridge Division and $3.1 billion from the TxDOT Traffic Division.

“This is an incredible amount of infrastructure dollars for the RGV,” Canales said in the release. “This money is going to help ensure the prosperity of South Texas residents for the next half-century or more.”