POSTED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 1:13pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 1:14pm
CAMERON COUNTY — Right now land lush with green vegetation sits near the intersection of Alton Gloor and 281. It's here that within years a new bridge will be built. The plan has been in the works for several decades and now those plans are actually moving forward, but like any big project, it's not going to happen overnight.
If the proposed plan stays on schedule, the Flor de Mayo International Bridge should be complete by 2015.
The bill to build the bridge will initially cost Cameron County a little over eleven million dollars.
In time, with population growth that we see, with the economic development that's going along that corridor of 3248, that the bridge will be self sustaining in five years," says Cameron County Judge Carlos Cascos.
Meaning it will be paid for and start making money for the county.
The federal government will foot the bill for the homeland security buildings, like Customs and Border Protection and Border Patrol.
Judge Cascos says the bridge will be similar to the Gateway International Bridge in terms of operation.
"This bridge is a vehicle and pedestrian bridge. Where it lands on the Mexico side is almost right in the middle of Matamoros’ major industrial park complex, so no 18-wheelers, no heavy traffic," says Judge Cascos.
The next big step will be acquiring the Presidential permit. This permit allows the construction, connection, operation, or maintenance of certain facilities, like the Flor de Mayo, at the border of the United States and Mexico.
The feasibility study also showed that by the year 2030 Cameron County is expected to double in population so another bridge will likely be essential to keep traffic flowing smoothly between both countries.