EL PASO –June 2, 2017.- TxDOT has received the Presidential Permit authorizing the State of Texas to proceed with construction of a bridge between Presidio, Texas and Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico. Signed by the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, the permit allows for the building of a new two-lane second bridge structure to complement the existing two-lane bridge.
“This is a great development for the people of Texas and a great tool to help TxDOT advance projects at the border,” said Texas Transportation Chairman Tryon Lewis. “Dollars dedicated to border projects mean increased trade. I’d like to thank Congressman Will Hurd and Senator John Cornyn and their staffs for their assistance in expediting the presidential permit process.”
Several elected officials were instrumental in seeing this project through, attending stakeholder and public meetings and participating in the public process. They include Rep. Hurd, Sen. Cornyn, State Sen. José Rodriguez, State Rep. Poncho Nevárez, Presidio County Judge Cinderella Guevera, and Presidio Mayor John Furguson.
“This is the culmination of a long, community-driven effort to strengthen one of Texas’ valuable land ports of entry. The Texas portion of the U.S.-Mexico border is a critical component of the global flow of trade, and Presidio increasingly will be a contributor,” said Sen. Rodriguez. “I’m proud to support the community’s efforts and look forward to the continued development of the Presidio port-of-entry.”
The project is set to let this August, and has a construction cost estimate of $10 million. Once completed, the original bridge will have its bridge deck replaced at an estimated cost of $3.6 million. No permit is required for the second operation.
The Texas Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining 80,000 miles of road and for supporting aviation, rail, and public transportation across the state. TxDOT and its 11,000 employees are committed to working with others to provide safe and reliable transportation solutions for Texas by maintaining a safe system, addressing congestion, connecting Texas communities, and being a Best in Class state agency.