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In widely-attended unveiling ceremonies in Harlingen, Pharr, and Mercedes, local, county, state and federal officials celebrated the federal highway designations of Interstate 69-E in Harlingen, Interstate 69-C in Pharr, and Interstate 2.
The momentous occasion comes after more than two decades in the making, as local, county, state, and federal leaders have been pressing for the designation since the early 1990s. The Alliance for I-69 Texas has been "encouraging cooperation and seeking solutions since 1994," and along with the U. S. Congressional and Senate Delegation, the Texas State Delegation, Hidalgo and Cameron County Commissioners Courts, RMAs and MPOs, local mayors and city councils, the Rio Grande Valley Partnership, and numerous other supporters of the project, have been working in a regional manner and in unity to achieve the designation, which was announced in May 2013.
As leaders gathered to witness the designation and unveiling ceremony of the interstates, there was an air of excitement, accomplishment, and satisfaction that the numerous hours, days, and years of pushing for this project were finally brought to fruition on this historic day.