City of Mission aiming for new bridge before deadline

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It’s an international bridge project more than 30 years in the making.

The Madero-Reynosa International Bridge would allow for railroad and vehicle traffic to cross between Mission and Reynosa.

José Ángel Suárez commutes from San Juan to Reynosa for work several times a week as a mechanic.

“The company I work for tells me when they need me,” Suárez said. “I go and back and forth often.”

He uses the Anzalduas Bridge, which he says on any given day has very short wait times, except on holidays. Wait times could reach more than two hours to cross into the U.S.

But Mission Mayor Armando O’Caña said the Anzalduas Bridge might reach capacity within the next 10 years. That means they’ll need another international bridge.

“The Madero Bridge is going to be supplemental to the Anzalduas, not supplanting it,” said O’Caña,.

The city of Mission recently re-applied for a permit with the U.S. State Department to allow them another 10 years to plan and potentially build the Madero Bridge from Mission to Reynosa.

“Building a bridge, takes forever,” said McAllen City Manager, Roy Rodríguez.

In fact, the Madero-Reynosa Bridge has been under talks for more than 30 years. But McAllen city officials say the Madero Bridge is still not needed.

“We’ve got the Anzalduas Bridge, which has not reached its potential, by a long shot,” Rodríguez said.

In the end, Mission, McAllen and Hidalgo will have to agree to operate the bridge jointly.

The city of Mission and city of McAllen say they will be keeping an eye on traffic growth on Anzalduas Brdige within the next 10 years.

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