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For years a stretch of road on Mile 3 East has been a divisive issue for two counties but today this road improvement project has united Hidalgo County and Cameron County.
Hidalgo County Precinct 1 Commissioner David L. Fuentes and Cameron County Precinct 4 Commissioner Gus Ruiz hosted a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Mile 3 East Road Project, just north of Exp. 83 in Mercedes.
Among those in attendance were, State Senator Eddie Lucio, Precinct 4 Commissioner Joseph Palacios, Criminal District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez Jr., District Court 449th Judge Renee Rodriguez-Betancourt, and Drainage District General Manager Raul Sesin.
Mile 3 East Road is the dividing line between Hidalgo and Cameron counties. The Commissioners have been working together for more than six months to form a solution for each of their precinct constituents that would address the problems of the roadway. They knew that by joining forces they could solve this issue and provide the necessary infrastructure for future generations.
Fuentes and his staff recently partnered with the City of Donna and Alamo on another road improvement project, he understands the benefits of reaching across the Rio Grande Valley to other entities to get the job done.
"We can come together, not just on road project but on drainage projects," said Fuentes. "We will work for our constituents to bring better services and more responsiveness to the people we serve."
The collaborative, reconstruction project between the two counties will improve roadside ditch drains and will re-pave the road, thus improving access from the Frontage Road to Mile 8. The cost of this project is $103,268 and will be shared by both counties.
Ruiz said the key to fixing the road was to form an interlocal agreement between the Cameron County Precinct 4 office and Hidalgo County Precinct 1, bridging both counties as one for the betterment of the community.
"When two powerhouse, two counties come together it is a win-win situation for both counties and our constituents," said Ruiz.
Hidalgo County Precinct 4 Commissioner Joseph Palacios, who also serves as Vice Chair of the Hidalgo County Metropolitan Planning Organization, recognizes that this regional project sets the example for future project. Sen. Lucio applauded each precinct's commitment to improving the quality of life, of not just their constituents but of those of a neighboring county.
"The Rio Grande Valley is one family," said Lucio. "When something is needed we come together to make sure it gets done."