MISSION, Texas (KVEO) — The future of a multi-million dollar bridge that would bring in billions of dollars to the City of Mission while connecting Mexico and the U.S. is now up in the air.
The Madero Reynosa International Bridge has been a dream of the City of Mission since 1978 and the city was granted a permit to build it, but now they are running out of time.
The $133-million-dollar project will bring major trade and jobs to Mission because it’ll be the only railroad crossing borders for more than 100 miles.
“The railroad component is exciting, the closest railroad is in Brownsville and Laredo, that’s 100 miles East and 100 miles West,” said Dr. Armando O’Caña.
Pedestrians will also be able to walk across, something that isn’t possible at the current international bridge in Mission, Anzalduas International Bridge.
But now, Mayor Dr. Armando O’Caña says he hopes he can convince The White House to get him an extension to the Presidential Permit.
“We’re probably going to have to take a trip to Washington D.C. to sit around the table and show them what we have done, what we have and where we’re going, in comparison in what they publish, which is about a 17 step process,” said Dr. Armando O’Caña.
If granted, the extension would add another 10 years for the city to build before expiring again, but O’Caña says that’s all they need.
“We would open it in 2027 and visibility studies we have conducted show by the year 2036, all international bridges from Laredo to Brownsville are going to be saturated and we would absorb them and bring exchange of traffic to Mexico into the U.S. and Canada also.”
The project would include more streets and facilities adding hundreds of jobs for the City of Mission.