City of Pharr officials and Pharr International Bridge leaders recently celebrated the start of the 2020-2021 Produce Season. Also attending the bi-annual celebration at the bridge were produce growers, importers, distributors, and consumers from the United States and Mexico
“The Pharr International Bridge is the heart and soul of Pharr for economic development,” said Pharr Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez. “We are especially proud of the hard work of our bridge staff and board for the great success our port of entry continues to experience.
“We are thrilled to remain the number one produce bridge in the United States, with over 65 percent of all produce from Mexico crossing through Pharr,” he added. “It takes a team and we have been working diligently with many partners to ensure that our bridge continues to have the infrastructure, resources, and funding to meet our future needs.”
Of note from both Mayor Hernandez and Pharr Bridge Director Luis Bazan is that Pharr is investing $40 million dollars at the port of entry for expansion and growth. Additionally, they discussed Pharr’s work with programs such as the STAC Program, the DAP 16, and the UTRGV agriculture lab and training center. They also spoke on the current bridge expansion project which will add more lanes to improve the flow of traffic.
“This year we averaged 15,000-16,000 shipments of fresh produce per month at the Pharr International Bridge,” said Bazan. That is why we are the number one produce bridge in the nation.”
Bazan also notes September was the port’s best month in its almost 26-year history. More than 120,000 crossings from the U.S. to Mexico both north and southbound took place.
The Pharr International Bridge will be celebrating its 26th anniversary in November.