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Expansion of heavily used road in Hidalgo County underway

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Expansion of heavily used road in Hidalgo County underway (Source: KGBT Photo)

A long-awaited road project is finally underway in Hidalgo County, which will benefit Pharr, McAllen and the city of Hidalgo.

Dicker Road, which only goes east to west has two lanes, but with this new project, it will be expanded to five.

It’s an improvement resident and commercial businesses on the south side of the county say has been needed for a while with traffic being an issue.

Joey Licea, Operations Manager for Bebo Distributing Inc. in Pharr, said for their business, time is crucial and taking Dicker Road can affect the bottom line.

“With this new e-Log, you won’t make your delivery on time if you’re stuck in traffic,” said Licea. “And you have to reschedule or get late to the appointments that you have set up already.”

But traffic is also an issue for people like Mario Garcia who lives in Hidalgo and uses the roadway to get to work in McAllen.

“There’s a lot of traffic and it doesn’t flow and there’s potholes that need to be fixed,” said Garcia in Spanish.

Although federal money was secured years ago through the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), Hidalgo County Pct. 2 Commissioner, Eddie Cantu who spearheaded the project, said it took a lot of planning.

“It was worked on by the engineers, developed. Once the project gets developed, then you have to buy right of way and then you just have to get it to construction,” said Cantu. “There was a lot of utilities in the way, there was a lot of gas lines especially on 10th and Dicker and those got adjusted and they’re currently being adjusted.”

Even though completion is still a couple of years away, Garcia said it will benefit the community.

“It’s very good for the community because people will get to work faster,” said Garcia in Spanish.

That’s also good news for businesses too.

“They’ve secured that they’re going to get to appointments and be there on time and not be stuck in traffic,” said Licea.

It’s 2 1/2 miles of roadway that will be expanded, at a cost of $21 million.

The county is hosting a groundbreaking on January 30 at 10 a.m.

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