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      Valley's highways become one interstate

      The Rio Grande Valley and South Texas has been the largest populated area without an interstate until now.

      Cameron County Commissioner Precinct 3 David Garza has been supporting the creation of 1-69 for 13 years and is a proud committee member prepping for the grand unveiling of the signs that will make the dream a reality.

      "It begins at Veterans Bridge in Brownsville extends north into Willacy County," says Garza. That is I-69 East, the next portion is in Hidalgo County.

      "From the interchange in Pharr going North on 281 is 1-69 C for central leg of the interstate." The third leg is I-69 West which goes through Laredo.

      Come Monday 77 and 281 will be replaced by 69 shields just like this one. For Committee members who have worked more than a decade on getting the corridor approved, it's more than a route, it's a sign of big economic changes to come.

      "It will bring in a lot more traffic from Mexico, freight, inland ports, sea ports will be directly connected to the interstate." With the state legislation backing the move, a grand unveiling of the new shields to be placed along the interstate in

      South Texas will include guest appearances from local and state leaders.

      "Congressmen Cuellar, Hinojosa, Vela and a representative of the governor if the governor can't come" Julian Alvarez is the president of the Rio Grande Valley Partnership and says the growth of the valley will finally be acknowledged by the rest of the country and the interstate will be their invitation to travel here and invest in our communities. Ceremonies will be held Monday in Pharr and Harlingen.

      The stretch that parallels the border from Harlingen to Palmhurst (83) will be renamed Interstate 2.