Hidalgo County RMA taking bids for multimillion-dollar tollway project
The Hidalgo County Regional Mobility Authority continues to take bids for a multimillion-dollar tollway project that's expected to decrease traffic congestion in the county.
Hidalgo County RMA executive director Pilar Rodriguez says once the tollway is built, drivers trying to enter or leave the Rio Grande Valley through the six existing ports of entry in Hidalgo County will be able to use the toll road to avoid congestion that frequently builds up along roads leading to the bridges.
"It will have main lanes, overpasses, exit ramps, entrance ramps, and some segments of it will have frontage roads," Rodriguez said.
The 12.2-mile-long “365 Tollway” is a project six years in the making. The first toll is expected to begin near the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge and end in Madero, a community located just past the Anzalduas International Bridge.
"Basically a lot of the traffic is on the local roads and so this facility is designed to take, especially truck traffic off of the local roadways," said Rodriguez.
The project is expected to cost $242 million, with $128 million coming from the Texas Department of Transportation. Once complete, passenger vehicles will spend just over $2 to use the entire told road while commercial vehicles will pay about $6.
"There's a lot of commerce that goes across the border and so we're looking at primarily roadway traffic that needs to go to and through the county,” said Rodriguez. “And then if you're trying to get across the county also is another need that this roadway will address."
The tollway, expected to be completed in September 2021, is once phase of a much bigger project expected to be complete in 25 years.
"We call it the Hidalgo County Loop, which is about 120-mile roadway that will eventually make an entire loop around the county," said Rodriguez.
The Hidalgo County RMA will continue to accept bids until Nov. 10 by 3 p.m. The board is expected to make a decision by Nov. 28.
Construction on the 365 Tollway is expected to begin in Spring 2018.