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New bridge in McAllen makes hike-and-bike trail more accessible

A new pedestrian bridge now stands over the drainage ditch near Lark and Bicentennial.

A new pedestrian bridge now stands over the drainage ditch near Lark and Bicentennial.

The project cost about $160,000 and has been planned for several years. It is the second and last bridge to be built between Nolana and Trenton, but due to other projects becoming a priority, the viaduct was put on hold.

"When it comes to appropriations and grant funding, there were some projects that were more important, specifically projects on the southside of town,” explained District 2 Commissioner of McAllen, Joaquin “JJ” Zamora.

Zamora hopes the new bridge will encourage residents on the west side of Bicentennial Boulevard to use the hike-and-bike trail.

It’s an even more exciting addition to the community for residents, like Gray Scaglione, as the bridge can be seen from his backyard.

"The bridge has made the walking area more accessible to us,” said Scaglione.

Prior to the bridge being built, residents like Scaglione would have to walk about half a mile just to get to the trail.

"To go, we would have to walk half a mile to Trenton, cross over, wait for the cars and then come over back this way,” explained Scaglione.

But there's more to the bridge than just being an access point for residents.

"This is something that I think certainly improves our project or emphasis in our city to be healthy, to eat well and certainly get a lot of exercise,” said Zamora.

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