The South Port Connector Road Project is advancing to the construction phase after receiving environmental clearance April 24 from the Texas Department of Transportation Pharr District Office.
The project is part of the Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority’s East Loop Corridor plan. When complete, the two-mile road will connect Ostos Road at the Port of Brownsville with State Highway 4.
The project will enhance the port’s intermodal connectivity. This will further facilitate domestic and international trade throughout the Rio Grande Valley.
“The Port of Brownsville is a valuable asset to the Texas economy and a major economic force in the region,” said John Reed, Brownsville Navigation District chairman. “Infrastructure improvements such as the South Port Connector facilitate our efforts in strengthening the port’s position as the main hub for domestic and international trade in South Texas. Working collaboratively with Cameron County and CCRMA contribute greatly to the success of joint projects like this.”
The South Port Connector project is the result of a strategic collaboration. The port, the CCRMA, Cameron County and TxDOT are working to create positive investment opportunities in the region.
“Cameron County and this administration are committed to working with our partners at the Port of Brownsville to ensure that we continue to build the proper infrastructure to attract industry that will provide jobs and a better quality of life for all,” said Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño Jr. “The engineering plans are 100 percent complete and funding is in place, paving the way for the construction of the project to proceed. This important project when completed will provide additional access for future development at the port.”
The project will improve traffic accessibility to the Port of Brownsville by providing another entry and exit to and from the port. It will eventually offer direct access to commercial lanes at the Veterans International Bridge.