AUSTIN, Texas – Colleagues on the Rio Grande Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization have congratulated their chairman on winning a prestigious transportation award.

Pharr Mayor Ambrosio “Amos” Hernandez was announced as one of three Road Hand Award recipients from across the state at a Texas Transportation e-Forum on Tuesday.

The Road Hand Award is a joint effort between the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the Texas Good Roads/Transportation Association to “recognize those special individuals who have freely given their time, energy, support and vision toward accomplishing important transportation programs or projects in their communities, their region or the entire state.”

Pharr Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez

“On behalf of all the RGVMPO staff, we wish to congratulate our Chairman, Dr. Ambrosio “Amos” Hernandez for being announced as one of this year’s Road Hand Award recipients at the Texas Transportation e-Forum this morning,” said Andrew Canon, executive director of the RGV MPO. “Congratulations Mayor!”

TxDOT’s Pharr District Engineer, Pedro “Pete” R. Alvarez said: “Congratulations Dr. Hernandez.” Alvarez is a member of the RGV MPO’s transportation policy board.

Hidalgo County Commissioner Eduardo “Eddie” Cantu said: “Congratulations Chairman. Your recognition has been well earned.” Cantu is a member of the RGV MPO’s transportation policy board.

Harlingen Mayor Chris Boswell said: “Congratulations, Mayor!Road Hand is a big deal.You deserve it.” Boswell is a member of the RGV MPO’s transportation policy board.

Cameron County Judge Eduardo “Eddie” Trevino said: “Congratulations Mr Chairman!” Trevino is vice-chairman of the RGV MPO’s transportation policy board.

RGV MPO Chairman Hernandez responded: “Thank you. We couldn’t have done it without you all.”

TxDOT released a video about Mayor Hernandez’s award. The narration on the video stated:

“The Road Hand Award was created in 1973 to recognize citizen leaders who helped make transportation in Texas the best in the nation. Mayor Ambrosio “Amos” Hernandez receives this year’s Road Hand Award. Dr. Ambrosio Hernandez, a native of Pharr, was elected into office in 2015, reelected in 2019 and is currently serving his second term as mayor of the City of Pharr. Representing one of the largest cities in South Texas, Hernandez is a pediatric surgeon, a bariatric surgeon, a director of surgical services, a hospital compliance officer and a business professional by trade.

“Mayor Hernandez chairs the Rio Grande Valley MPO which was set up last year through the merger of three local MPOs: one that encompassed Hidalgo County, one that catered for Brownsville, and one that focused on Harlingen and San Benito. The merger made the RGV MPO the fifth largest MPO in the state of Texas.

“Mayor Hernandez continues to be a tireless advocate for improving transportation for the City of Pharr and the Rio Grande Valley. Congratulations on receiving the Road Hand Award.”

A news release from the City of Pharr said Hernandez’s efforts “contributed immensely” to the merging of the former Hidalgo County and Cameron County MPOs, making the Rio Grande Valley MPO the fifth-largest in the state.

“Hernandez has also been instrumental in securing over $300 million in funding for the expansion of the I-69/I-2 Interchange in Pharr, along with millions of dollars in other transportation projects in Pharr and across the Rio Grande Valley,” the news release stated.

Hernandez said: “I am humbled and honored to be named this year’s recipient of the Road Hand Award, and would like to thank TxDOT and the Texas Good Roads/Transportation Association for this recognition.

“There are so many transportation leaders who are working statewide to improve road conditions, safety, and transportation infrastructure to meet the needs of our growing state, and it is truly a team effort. By working together with our leaders on the local, regional, and state levels, developing regional projects that will benefit our entire area as a whole, and then advocating for the need and importance of such projects, we give a voice to our communities and are able to get things done.

“I am committed to continue being an advocate for the improvement of transportation and infrastructure projects for Pharr, for the Rio Grande Valley, and for our state.”

Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above news story shows Pharr Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez being interviewed by a reporter.

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