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Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: District 20
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Press Release
May 24, 2018
Contact: Roxanne de la Garza
(512) 463-0120 office

AUSTIN - Today, the Texas Transportation Commission (TxDOT) approved an agenda item authorizing the first step in the procurement process for the full reconstruction of the US 83/US 281 Interchange (Pharr Interchange) project. By authorizing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ), TxDOT will now be accepting proposals from entities to enter into a design-build contract to reconstruct the Pharr Interchange. TxDOT had previously approved $150 million for this project.

Senator Hinojosa issued the following statement:

"This is a significant step forward for the reconstruction of the Pharr Interchange that will benefit the entire Rio Grande Valley region. I appreciate the Texas Transportation Commission, TxDOT leadership, and our local public officials for their tireless efforts in advocating for this project, which will now be a reality. For too long, we have known that the initial design of the Pharr Interchange was not made for the growth we have experienced in the RGV, and created a big congestion problem in Hidalgo County. The Pharr Interchange is a key intersection that helps keep people and goods moving, and this project will not only address current congestion but will better prepare us for future growth. The reconstruction of this interchange will help the Texas economy and improve the quality of life for our RGV residents."

The Pharr Interchange Project will provide approximately 7.8 miles of non-tolled improvements along US 83 from just west of 2nd Street to just east of FM 2557 (S. Stewart Road) and US 281 from Nolana Loop to I-2 in McAllen, Pharr, and San Juan. The proposed improvements include the full reconstruction of the Pharr Interchange to include two-lane direct connectors in all four directions. The US 83 general purpose lanes will be reconstructed and/or widened from six to eight non-tolled general purpose lanes (four in each direction) from 2nd Street to the US 83/US 281 interchange, while operational improvements include the reconfiguration of main lane ramps and improvements to the approaches and departures to and from the direct connectors.

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa proudly represents the counties of Nueces, Jim Wells, Brooks, and Hidalgo (part). Senator Hinojosa served as the Senate President Pro Tempore of the Texas Senate in the 84th Texas Legislature. Senator Hinojosa currently serves as Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, and serves on the Senate Committees on Natural Resources & Economic Development, Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs and Transportation.