HIDALGO COUNTY, Texas – Phase two of Hidalgo County Precinct 2’s hike and bike trail is nearing completion.

As part of phase two of construction, Hidalgo County Precinct 2 Commissioner Eddie Cantu said they added two bridges.

“We basically have a trail going from point A to point B and along the way we needed four tunnels so that we would go under the roads and not have to stop at traffic and two bridges to get to our final destination,” said Cantu. “One of the bridges goes, which is this most recent bridge goes over a water canal and then the other bridge goes over a ditch like right north of our office.”

Cantu said the trail will soon be five and a half miles long. 

“You’ll never have to stop at an intersection for the next five and a half miles,” said Cantu.

So, as more people get outdoors, they look forward to having more to explore. 

“Especially during the pandemic, I’ve been coming out here everyday so I’ve pretty much been hitting it for the past two and a half months,” said Bobby Sanchez of Pharr. 

“We’re still waiting because up until they make it paved like this we don’t want to run into potholes or stuff like that yet,” said Aaron Garza of Pharr. “But once it’s completed like this I’m sure we’re going to be doing the whole trail I mean we usually go to the Bentsen Park, but having one a lot closer to home is going to make it a lot more convenient for us.”

Cantu foresees the second phase of the hike and bike trail to be completed by the end of summer. 

The entire trail will be 7.8 miles long connecting the cities of San Juan, Pharr and McAllen, which Cantu expects to be ready in the next 18 months.