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“Working Together for a Stronger Weslaco Community” was the sentiment during the groundbreaking for the Sugar Cane Road and Drainage Improvement Project. The ceremony was held on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 next to Clecker-Heald Elementary School, which is located on the corner of Sugar Cane Road and Westgate Drive in Weslaco.
The project is part of the “Working Together for a Stronger Weslaco Community” initiative which partnered Hidalgo County Precinct 1 with the City of Weslaco and Weslaco Independent School District to provide better roads and drainage to Mid-Valley communities.
Commissioner A.C. Cuellar, Jr. expressed his gratitude and excitement for the new project. He commended the county, city and school district for working together on the construction on this long overdue project. He also thanked Precinct 2 Commissioner Hector "Tito" Palacios, who was in attendance, for his continued support and help.
Weslaco Mayor David Suarez shared his happiness about the project stating that he often avoided the bumpy road on his commute to the office and working to fix the road became a symbol of public service for him. He said he is looking forward to helping construct a smooth, paved road for the community to use.
Weslaco City Manager Leo Olivarez stated the total construction cost for the improvement is $724,000, which will be split evenly between Hidalgo County Precinct 1 and the City of Weslaco. Weslaco ISD provided some of its land so the improvements can take place. A one-foot retention pond will be built to serve as a drainage outfall for Sugarcane Road in case of heavy rain. When the pond is not serving as a drainage outfall, it will provide a place for recreation, such as a soccer field and playground for area children. The improvement will also offer an expansion of Sugarcane Road with curb gutter and underground drainage.
The project is expected to take three to four months to complete. Once completed, the expansion of Sugarcane Road will connect Hidalgo County with the City of Weslaco, servicing the residents of three public schools and one private school.
We want to congratulate Precinct 1, the City of Weslaco and Weslaco ISD for working together to serve their communities!