Guest Column:

Thank you, Eddie. Good morning, everyone. Thank you for being with us.

In 2014, as chairman of the Brownsville Navigation District board of commissioners, we celebrated the opening of the State Highway 550 entrance located on the north side of the Brownsville ship channel.

Eight years later, today, again as chairman of the board, we gather for the same purpose, but this time we are doing it on the Southside of the channel for the port’s newest entrance: the South Port Connector Road.

Sergio Tito Lopez

It is an honor and privilege for me to be part of such crucial projects, (that are) vital to the port’s success in a span of less than ten years.

It is our mission to be a leader in business development by providing state-of-the-art infrastructure expansion, developing economic opportunities, and providing the best transportation facilities possible to remain a world class port. 

Myself and my fellow commissioners of the navigation district have worked tirelessly and diligently to address the current and future needs of our tenants and users, always thinking of ways of maintaining our port’s competitiveness in the global markets.

With that mindset, in less than decade, we’ve seen the construction of a state-of-the-art administration complex, two new docks – Dock 16 and Liquid Cargo Dock 6, and two new port entrances.

All of these major endeavors are clear evidence of the economic growth our region is experiencing.

The South Port Connector Road is important for two main reasons.

The first one is safety. This road is the first leg of the East Loop Corridor that will help divert commercial truck traffic from urbanized areas, avoiding school crossings, and reduce vehicular congestion on the streets of Brownsville.

It will also improved traffic accessibility for our tenants and users by providing another entry and exit to and from the port.

The second reason is keeping the uninterrupted flow of trade and commerce between the U.S. and Mexico by offering a director route to nearby commercial traffic lanes at Veterans International Bridge.

It will also help support all the space-related ventures happening at the neighboring SpaceX facility at Boca Chica.

Our commitment to invest in infrastructure to enhance our region’s mobility is clear. We are literally paving the way, setting the course, and blazing the trail for future generations to accomplish the goals and desires of tomorrow.

And we cannot do this without the support and diligence of our partners present today.

This teamwork, composed of port staff and all the entities involved, is a great example of how we can collaborate and succeed when we all work together towards one common goal. 

And today that goal is regional progress.

Thank you.

Editor’s Note: The above speech was made by Sergio Tito Lopez, chairman of the Brownsville Navigation District’s board of commissioners. Lopez made his comments at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new South Port Connector Road at the Port of Brownsville on Friday, March 4, 2022. The “Eddie” Lopez refers to at the beginning of his speech is Eduardo “Eddie” Campirano, port director and CEO of Brownsville Navigation District.

Editor’s Note: The above guest column is the first in a four part series on the opening of the South Port Connector Road. Part Two will be posted in our next edition. 

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