BROWNSVILLE, TX – – An $80 million project in the works to connect the Port of Brownsville and Veterans International Bridge. Known as the East Loop Project, the project aims to reduce commercial traffic from the southmost area in Brownsville.
“Between the veterans bridge and the port of Brownsville, there’s over 20 different conflicts, “says the current head of the Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority (CCRMA) Pete Sepulveda Jr. “Including elementary schools high schools and residential areas.”
Right now, traffic guest through what’s known as the Overweight Corridor.
Most commercial traffic travel down Highway 48. The director for the Port of Brownsville tells us this is a project they’ve been anticipating for many years. They’re also planning on creating a second entrance to the port as in conjunction with the East Loop Project. The proposed second entrance to would be located Ostos Road.
“It would not change the overweight corridor,” says port director Eduardo Campirano, “but it would provide another entrance to the Southside for the commercial trucks That need access to the port.”
While many parts of the Rio Grande Valley May see a border wall or a levy go up in the upcoming years, The area near Monsees Rd in Brownsville will see the opposite. This project would be relocating part of the existing border fence for commercial traffic.
“There is a portion where the border wall will have to be relocated. there is an order signed by a Federal judge to that effect already, that coordination has been done,” says Sepulveda.
The project will create a new access from the port to the international bridge, however, the project will also be a direct route to Hwy 4. Which could mean direct access from the port to SpaceX facilities.
The project is currently expecting environmental clearance. The CCRMA expects that clearance will happen in the next 12 to 18 months.