RGV counties’ infrastructure needs discussed
Texas Transportation Commission Chairman J. Bruce Bugg Jr. recently visited the Rio Grande Valley to meet with local leaders and discuss key regional projects. Officials and business leaders from Hidalgo, Cameron, Starr and Willacy Counties had the opportunity to discuss ideas with Chairman Bugg on how to work together to improve and accelerate infrastructure projects across the region.
With multiple meetings held in Hidalgo and Cameron counties, Chairman Bugg was able to get a personal look at the Valley’s growing infrastructure needs.
“As our local economy and population in the Rio Grande Valley continues to thrive, our transportation infrastructure needs also continue to grow,” said Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia. “We have water and land ports, rail and major highways and soon a commercial space launch site.”
“We currently have many regional transportation projects in the works in the Rio Grande Valley that will not only have a tremendous impact locally, but also across the state and the nation. It was a pleasure to visit with Chairman Bugg and personally share the progress on these projects and provide him with other important facts and data concerning our infrastructure needs,” said Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño. We must continue to work together locally and keep this important conversation going with TxDOT leadership.”
The Rio Grande Valley continues to grow exponentially with an estimated combined population of over 1.35 million residents. With this in mind, local leaders have sought regional solutions in recent years to address the many transportation challenges across the Valley.
“As one of the fastest growing areas of the state, infrastructure is key to continue the economic growth that is taking place in South Texas. It is important to have a state leader like Chairman Bugg experience firsthand the transportation needs of our region and have face to face discussions with our local leaders,” said Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, District 20, Senate Transportation Committee Member.
“I think Chairman Bugg did a fantastic job of laying out his vision for the future of TXDOT and taking the time to listen to all of the leaders and transportation stakeholders in the Rio Grande Valley.” -City of Harlingen Mayor Chris Boswell