The Texas Transportation Commission has allocated $2.5 billion in state funding to the district office of the Texas Department of Transportation in Pharr which will be utilized for engineering projects, road designs, acquisitions of right-of-way, and environmental analysis over the following ten years. The $2.5 billion will be distributed among the the counties of Hidalgo, Cameron, Starr, Willacy, Zapata, Jim Hogg, Brooks, and Kenedy.

Valley Central further reported:

The funding is a part of the United Transportation Program’s 10-year plan addressing highway projects, public transportation, maritime, aviation, rail and freight and international trade.

“This investment in our region will help the Rio Grande Valley continue to address our congestion and safety challenges and keep up with the growing infrastructure demands from our increasing population and economic development,” Chairman Terry Canales of the House Committee on Transportation said.

Projects in the Pharr TxDOT district include the SH 32 East Loop in Cameron County, the US 281 interstate upgrades, the US 77 interstate upgrades and the SL 195, US 83 Relief Route in Starr County.