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Pharr Mayor Ambrosio “Amos” Hernandez, M.D. spoke in support of two resolutions, which were subsequently passed unanimously by Commissioners Court. The First was in support of the current regional project known as the International Bridge Trade Corridor (IBTC) and the second was in support of necessary improvements to the Pharr 281 Interchange expansion.
Speaking on behalf of the community of Pharr, Hernandez commended Commissioners Court for promoting regionalism for the Rio Grande Valley, particularly in the areas of higher education, economic development and infrastructure.
“With the support of the local, state, and federal levels of government, both Pharr 281 Interchange Expansion and the need for a regional freight corridor project met the initial standards provided by the State,” Hernandez said. “The IBTC endeavor is the most viable option to compete for the recently created federal discretionary funding, better known as the Fast Lane Grant Program with a minimum eligibility requirement of $100 million.”Hernandez added that infrastructure changes, like the 281 Interchange, are long overdue.
“The need to prioritize the Pharr 281 Interchange is of great importance for our community,” Hernandez said. “It is our job as elected officials to encourage this movement on all levels.”