Anzalduas Bridge signed the Full Freight Donation Acceptance Agreement
Texas border affairs
By Roberto Hugo Gonzalez
Finally, after years and the hard work of many city, state and federal leaders, the agreement to accept a Full acceptance of freight donation because the Anzalduas bridge is a reality.
As Juan Olaguibel, the Superintendent of Bridges, said, “December 1, 2021 is a historic date that will be remembered for years to come. He continued, “The conclusion of an agreement to move forward with the Anzaldua Gateway to future growth is another important step in preparing for the expansion of operations on the Anzaldua International Bridge for include full commercial freight traffic. “
McAllen Mayor Javier Villalobos acknowledged the valuable participation of McAllen, Mission, Hidalgo, Granjeno and the Rio Grande Valley delegation at the state level for their tireless work and support.
Olaguibel told Texas Border Business that the expansion plan is key to exponentially increasing border trade with Mexico while propelling the economic growth of the Texas region.
Olaguibel added that although the rally was a symbolic signing ceremony, each of the approximately 26 participants remained committed to supporting border trade with Mexico.
Texas Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa was also instrumental in securing the deal. He said the state of Texas has invested $ 22 million in this project.
“It’s a perfect day for our economy, for job creation for the Rio Grande Valley, Texas and Mexico.” Senator Hinojosa said that over 20 years ago trade with Mexico was about $ 54 billion, and 20 years later it is around $ 300 billion. “If you look at the Pharr Bridge, it holds $ 35 billion a year in trade with Mexico, and now with the arrival of the Anzalduas Bridge, that trade would only increase.”
He also said it was a great example of teamwork. “A partnership with the federal government, state, local government entities, the private sector and Mexico, ensuring that we provide the resources we need to grow and invest in infrastructure. “
TX Rep. Terry Canales – The chair of the House transport committee was blunt in his comments. He drew attention by describing the port of entry with Mexico as a billion dollar economic engine.
He said: “There have been people who like Judge Cortez, and many others who have worked for decades, but that underscores the problem.” He continued, “It underscores that we have to fight tooth and nail for every dollar we bring in here.”
He said leaders have to fight twice as hard as the rest of the state of Texas when it comes to an economic engine.
Texas Representative Sergio Muñoz said we all have friends in Laredo, but at the end of the day we need to work to increase traffic and commerce here in the Rio Grande Valley. “Thank you very much to everyone who has worked over the years to make this happen. “
TX representative Bobby Guerra, also in attendance, said, “I can put it in layman’s terms. It’s about opening doors. That’s what it’s about.
Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez began his comments with a question: “How significant is today’s event? To emphasize this, he said that Hidalgo County is the seventh largest county in the state of Texas, and we have 254 counties. He continued, “We are home to 22 cities and a large rural area, which means we want our families who have chosen to live here to have opportunities. “
He added that the county is home to five international bridges and that we must take advantage of them ”,
Pedro “Pete” Alvarez, PE District Engineer, said: “A few words that come to mind, transport, infrastructure, regionalization, working in partnership, all of these things are needed here in the RGV. It’s a great example of how things can fit together. “
McAllen City Manager Roel “Roy” Rodriguez PE said, “It’s not competing with others in the Rio Grande Valley. I’m going to be bold enough to cry out at Pharr City. continued, “The city of Pharr has done a tremendous job with their bridge, and they continue to do so. And as you have heard, they are looking to extend their bridge. We are all for it. We are 100% behind it. expansion of international bridges.
US Senator John Cornyn was also invited to take part in this ceremony. Senator Cornyn was unable to attend and sent a short message: “These facilities ensure that the Rio Grande Valley and the state of Texas fulfill their role as the premier international trade center for the United States, which continues. to be a top priority. He continued, “This will allow full cargo commercial traffic to pass through the United States from Mexico, thus increasing trade between the two countries,” he said.