TXDoT Gives Port of Brownsville Top Marks

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TXDoT Gives Port of Brownsville Top Marks

The South Port Connector Road includes two bridges over wetlands in the area. This minimizes environmental impacts on the local ecosystem. (photo Port of Brownsville)
The South Port Connector Road includes two bridges over wetlands in the area. This minimizes environmental impacts on the local ecosystem. (photo Port of Brownsville)

The Texas Department of Transportation recently issued the Port of Brownsville a grade A score for its Local Government Risk Assessment. Serving as the basis for the score is the performance of the South Port Connector Road construction project.

A risk score of A signifies that the Brownsville Navigation District presents a low-level risk to TXDoT based on the current project performance. The Local Government Risk Assessment and Qualifications Review process includes criteria such as a local government’s credibility and audit history. Other factors include financial records, compliance, communications, expertise, stability and teamwork. Interdepartmental collaboration between port departments was key in achieving the score.

Construction of the 1.9-mile South Port Connector Road Project began August 2020. The road is one of the latest infrastructural advancements at the port that will benefit not only port tenants but surrounding businesses. It will also support the space industry in South Texas. Completion of the project is expected by year’s end.

The road will improve vehicular traffic safety by providing a connection between Ostos Road inside the port with State Highway 4. It will add another entry and exit to and from the port. It will also add convenient access to commercial lanes at Veterans International Bridge.

The connector road is is the first phase of Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority’s larger East Loop Corridor construction project. The project comes via a partnership between the BND, Cameron County, the CRMA, the Rio Grande Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization and TXDoT.

In accordance with federal and state regulations, TxDoT has a responsibility to determine whether each local government is qualified and has adequate resources and controls to perform project work, prior to authorizing it to perform any element of the project development process.

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