Construction set to begin on 10th Street expansion project
An extension of 10th Street in North McAllen that will take drivers all the way to Edinburg has been in the works for years, but Precinct 4 will officially break ground on Thursday.
Construction will begin at Highway 107 and 10th Street and will end at Monte Cristo Road, as there are only two routes to get to the road.
This project will include a five-lane corridor and is expected to bring benefits to the city.
"It's a further development that will increase the tax base for the city,” said Lizbeth Gonzalez, Director of Administration Operations for Precinct 4. “The corridor is a critical component with a new university underway on Ware Road, which is Texas A&M."
The majority of the funding for the construction project will be coming from the state.
Currently, if you’re on 10th Street heading northbound, you’ll find yourself coming to a dead end, but the long-awaited expansion will not only impact drivers, but businesses as well.
Jorge Zamora, who is the owner of Zamoras’ Restaurant, recently opened his third location on Monte Cristo Road and 10th Street, where the construction ends.
Zamora is concerned about the parking because his business is already limited to parking space and the construction plans include taking part of the lot, but Zamora says he is willing to work around the expected footprint and is considering the space next door to his business.
“There's a space right here that we're hoping that we might make some arrangements and rent the small space to open the parking area, but if not we'll have to make do with what we have,” said Zamora.
Zamora understands the process may take a while, but says the end result will be all worth it.
“On the upside of it, it's going to bring a lot of employment to this area, construction workers and road workers,” said Zamora. “They're going to be prime customers so that's what we're looking forward to as well. It's a give and take situation,”
There is currently no timeline on when the project may be completed, but groundbreaking will take place Thursday at 10:30 a.m. on 10th Street and Highway 107.