Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Filemon Vela (TX-34), announced that four transportation and infrastructure projects from the 34th Congressional District of Texas have been selected for a total of $17,291,529  in funding. The projects have been included in H.R. 3684, the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation (INVEST) in America Act.  

The INVEST in America Act is a five-year, $547 billion surface transportation reauthorization bill that directs federal investments in roads, bridges, transit and rail. The legislation passed out of committee today, bringing it one step closer to receiving a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives in the coming weeks.

“Revitalizing our nation’s infrastructure is a necessary investment that will improve America’s productivity and long-term growth,” said Congressman Filemon Vela. “I am proud to have championed these projects, and would like to thank my colleagues on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for their careful consideration of all project submissions. The INVEST in America Act is a historic investment in our nation’s infrastructure that will have a direct impact on the 34th Congressional District of Texas. Funding for these projects will not only create jobs, but also bolster the economic development of the region. I look forward to supporting this legislation on the House floor.”

“The infrastructure of SH 550 and the South Parallel Corridor in Cameron County are essential to the fast-developing areas of the County and continued advancements and economic support are a catalyst in providing transportation accessibility for our border trade and travel and simultaneously boost our area’s economic prosperity,” said Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño, Jr. “The South Parallel Corridor provides motorists with the convenience of our business and commercial areas of Harlingen and San Benito and SH 550 remains as a gateway for travelers from the Port of Brownsville and industrial areas to State Highway 48 and Interstate 69E. SH 550 is also part of Interstate 169 and when complete, will provide an Interstate Corridor to the Port of Brownsville. We ask for your continued support to Cameron County’s one-of-a-kind transportation connectivity in South Texas.”

Descriptions of the selected projects are below:  

  • IH 69E (Lyford and Sebastian) -- $3,500,000
    • This project will upgrade the controlled access freeway to Interstate Highway Design Standards by expanding I69E from four to six lanes.

 

  • The International Bridge Trade Corridor (IBTC)  (Donna and Alamo) -- $3,500,000
    • The project is located from 365 Toll and FM 493 to IH 2, in Donna and Alamo. The funding is designated for the construction of a non-tolled four lane divided (at grade) highway (interim). The facility will provide access to IH -2 for three land ports of entry (Pharr, Donna and Progreso International Bridges).

 

  • SH 550 (Brownsville) -- $3,791,529
    • The funding is designated for The SH 550 Gap II, which is the final Gap Project in the completion of the SH 550 from I-69E to the Port of Brownsville. When completed SH550/I-69 will connect the Port of Brownsville to I-69E. The Port of Brownsville is the only deep-water port in Texas without a direct connection to the Interstate System. This project will help ease traffic, improve safety, and facilitate domestic and international trade.

 

  • South Parallel Corridor Phase III (San Benito) -- $6,500,000
    • The funding is designated for the construction of South Parallel Corridor Phase III which is part of a larger 10mi corridor from I-2 at Dixieland Rd to FM 1577. The project will alleviate congestion along Interstate 2 by creating a link between larger cities and rural surrounding areas. This project will provide connectivity between the interstate in Harlingen to rural Cameron County to assist with safety and mobility in the region.

 

More detailed information about the INVEST in America Act, including bill text, fact sheet, and section-by-section summary, can be found here.

 

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