PHARR, Texas – An exciting new plan to expand the Pharr International Bridge was unveiled today.
Officials said this is just one of the many projects in the pipeline.
Delegations from both the U.S. and Mexico joined Thursday morning in Pharr.
Officials called today’s meeting with the Binational Bridges and Border Crossings Group momentous.
“The reason why we’re here today is because the Pharr Bridge, along with other ports of entry from the region have projects in the pipeline and what I mean by projects in the pipeline, these are infrastructure projects that are going to enhance the current infrastructure at our ports of entry,” said Luis Bazan, Bridge Director for Pharr International Bridge
The Binational Committee analyzes problems, perspectives, and solutions for bridge and crossings between the U.S. and Mexico and must approve projects before they can move forward.
By 2021 the Pharr International Bridge will see $35 million in investments which will facilitate trade, imports, and exports.
Bazan says the highlight of the presentation is a project which will expand the Pharr Bridge.
“So currently we have four lanes of bridge, the idea and the goal is to create a bridge that is parallel to this one, a twin bridge if you will,” said Bazan.
Mexican officials on hand included the Municipal Governor of Reynosa, Maki Ortiz, Director General for North America at Secretariat of Foreign Affairs, Mario Chacón, and Froylan Yescas with the Mexican Consulate.
“Here in the Rio Grande Valley, a culture of commerce and possibility of growth has formed and what we want is to expand it to all of North America so the benefits are not just for the region but for both countries as a whole,” said Froylan Yescas.
Last year, the Pharr Bridge saw a 6% growth in imports and a 5% growth in exports making it the 3rd largest land port of entry in Texas.
Pharr Officials say projects at the bridge will have a local, state, and international impact in the community.
“These cameras that you guys have here today, these products, the LG’s, television monitors, computers, components, these are all products that are being manufactured in Mexico and need to be crossed into the United States. So, at the end of the day these are products that we need. If we didn’t have cross border trade if we didn’t have trade deals all these products would cost us an arm and a leg,” said Bazan.