Hidalgo County Pct. 2 in partnership with the city of Pharr marked the beginning of installation for the valley’s first hike and bike trail tunnels.
This is part of the 7.8 mile hike and bike trail project going from McAllen all the way to San Juan.
The idea of the tunnels was proposed by Pct. Commissioner Eddie Cantu who wanted to protect the safety of all pedestrians and cyclists.
“We went ahead and designed the trail to have tunnels so that people don’t have to stop at a stop light [and] have to cross streets,” said Cantu. “They can go under a tunnel safely, well-lit and that’s why we did it. We’re going to have four tunnels, two bridges so it’s a real unique and safe project.”
The city of Pharr will relocate their utilities so the county can place the box culverts under the roads which will function as the tunnels.
There will also be lighting and surveillance cameras along with emergency call stations, which will be near the tunnels.
Cantu said the installation of the tunnels is expected to be completed by the new year.