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Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: District 20
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Press Release
July 28, 2023
Contact: (512) 463-0120
Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa Celebrates Opening of the U.S. 83 Relief Route

AUSTIN, TX — Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa was honored to attend the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the U.S. 83 Relief Route earlier today. This significant infrastructure project, stretching more than 9 miles, aims to enhance mobility in the La Joya/Peñitas/Sullivan City area, providing a freeway facility that includes frontage roads and main lanes.

The U.S. 83 Relief Route, with a combined cost of $197 million is a crucial development that will address the growing transportation needs of the region. By increasing safety, alleviating congestion, and enhancing mobility, this relief route will significantly improve the overall transportation experience for residents and visitors alike.

Senator Hinojosa expressed his enthusiasm for the project, stating, "This relief route is very much needed for the continued development and growth of our communities. It will not only enhance safety and alleviate congestion but also provide a more efficient route for commercial vehicles and travelers, reducing traffic on the current U.S. 83 and benefiting our local residents."

The relief route will not alter the number of traffic lights on the existing U.S. 83. However, it will redirect most commercial vehicles and travelers to the newly constructed route, ensuring smoother traffic flow and reducing congestion for local commuters.

Senator Hinojosa extended his gratitude to TxDOT District Engineer Pete Alvarez for his work, commitment and dedication to this important project. He also expressed his appreciation for the leadership and advocacy of Hidalgo County Commissioner Everardo “Ever” Villarreal, Rio Grande Valley MPO Executive Director Andrew Cannon, Penitas Mayor Ramiro Loya, La Joya Mayor Isidro Casanova, and Sullivan City Mayor Alma Salinas and their respective council and commission members who played a role throughout the process of this project. This relief route marks a significant milestone in the region's transportation infrastructure.

Senator Hinojosa concluded by stating the following, “I remain committed to continue working with our local public officials and community leaders to advocate for further improvements and developments that will enhance the quality of life for all residents in the western part of Hidalgo County.”