Monday, February 25, 2013

Mazatlan to Matamoros Highway: Munch Munch, eat our lunch?

From the Brownsville Herald

Commercial trucks crossing Veterans International Bridge at Los Tomates will now have their own travel lanes into the United States from Mexico.

The commercial traffic lanes at the bridge will open today after nearly two years of construction.The $6 million project funded by the Federal Highway Administration’s Coordinated Border Infrastructure Fund is complete on the U.S. side, Cameron County Judge Carlos H. Cascos said.
Officials said the project on the Mexican side is 60 percent complete and the entire expansion is scheduled to open this summer.

“This will allow for an increase in legitimate trade and travel through the port of entry,” Cascos said.
“With the completion of the Mazatlan-to-Matamoros highway in the next year, this will be a viable option for the produce industry,” he said.

Cameron County formed a partnership with The Texas Department of Transportation and the FHWA to fund and construct the project.

Y pa'cabarla de fregar ! Brownsville-Matamoros to be linked  to Inter-Oceanic Hwy

Mexican Federal Highway 40, also called the "Carretera Interoceánica" (Interoceanic Highway) is a road beginning at Reynosa, Tamaulipas, just west of the Port of Brownsville, Texas, and ending at Mexican Federal Highway 15 in Villa Unión, Sinaloa near Mazatlán and the Pacific coast. It is called Interoceanic as, once finished, the cities of Matamoros, Tamaulipas on the Gulf of Mexico and Mazatlán, Sinaloa at the Pacific Ocean, will be linked. (From Wikipedia)

And also from the McAllen Monitor

For the past few years, Steve Perez of Cargo USA Logistics has been telling anyone who’ll listen about the potential opportunities related to the corridor project. He said that it’s up to local entrepreneurs to supply what’s missing: logistics and other services that are necessary — in addition to infrastructure — to attract more commercial traffic at Matamoros and Brownsville.
Perez said U.S. importers need to be made aware that Brownsville-Matamoros exists. Commercial traffic at the county’s trade bridges could conceivably grow by 50 percent, he added.“That would put us in the black,” Perez said. “It will make Cameron County very happy. That’s why we keep pushing traffic. The more traffic there is, the more trade we get and the more jobs it creates.”

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