The first rail bridge between Mexico and the United States in 106 years is set to open. The final inspection for the bridge was last Thursday and now U.S. and Mexican officials have to coordinate to set a date to begin traffic. Local governments in South Texas wanted to move freight trains outside of the city of Brownsville, Texas, which lies across the border from Matamoros, Mexico.
The new railroad bridge was built west of the city and will eliminate 14 railroad street crossings. The current railroad route would take freight trains through residential areas, neighborhood parks and commercial areas.
Mexico paid $80 million for the railroad and Brownsville and Cameron County officials contributed $40 million, mostly paid for by the federal government. Traffic congestion will decrease in both Brownsville and Matamoros, which has more than double the population of Brownsville.Older postNewer post