PHARR, Texas (ValleyCentral) — A press conference was held Thursday morning to give an update on the ongoing interchange road construction in Pharr. 

The $303 million project is being built by contractor Dragados/Pulice Joint Venture and is expected to be completed by the end of 2023. 

Texas Department of Transportation public information says later this month the new two-lane connector road from Edinburg to McAllen will open to traffic 

“We’re going to put two lanes of traffic on that direct connector to have continues movement as we build direct connectors three, two, and one at a later time,” said Pedro Alvarez, Pharr District Engineer for TxDOT.  

But in mid-July TxDOT will close the overpass that takes drivers from Edinburg to Harlingen. 

Instead, drivers headed toward the Lower Valley will stay on the left lane headed toward McAllen and then go under the Sugar Road underpass which will merge with the expressway, and then continue east. 

TxDot will have electronic road signs and other signage on the road to alert drivers. 

But there are ways drivers can avoid the construction areas all together.  

Utilizing state Highway 495 is an example of State Highway 107,” Alvarez said. “ In the Edinburg area, there are various state roadways that can be utilized as an alternative route to get outside of the construction zone from 2nd St. in McAllen to FM 2557 in San Juan.”  

The detour through Sugar Road underpass will last for the next eight months. 

The reconstruction of the Interstate-2 and Interstate 69C interchange will make traffic improvements in Pharr, McAllen, and San Juan. 

To stay up to date with the ongoing traffic shifts you can sign up for traffic alerts at DPJVTX.com.