MISSION, Texas – Mission Mayor Armando O’Caña has commissioned a video in order to promote one of his top issues – construction of the Madero International Bridge.
The video provides a lot more details on the planned pedestrian vehicle and passenger and freight rail project.
The Madero bridge will be constructed just upstream from Anzalduas International Bridge. O’Caña’s plan is for Madero to compliment Anzalduas, with Anzalduas focusing on trucks, and Madero handling passenger vehicles, pedestrians, and freight and passenger rail.
Last month, Mission City Council gave O’Caña the green light to move forward and develop a financial package for the bridge.
Over the past year the Mission mayor has made numerous trips to Mexico to build up support. He said doors have been opened wherever he has gone.
“We have the support from all the key stakeholders in Mexico, from the president on down,” O’Caña said. “The latest visit was to go to Mazatlán and the state of Sinaloa. The reason we made that trip is we became a sister city with the City of Mazatlán.”
O’Caña said Mazatlán is now a key part of the project.
“There is now a proposed new rail system from Mexico through the United States to Canada will start at Mazatlán. The plan is to build a new state-of-the-art sea port at Mazatlán. I am pleased to say this rail line will now go through Mission. It will connect to all the key parts of the United States and Canada. That is a major jump for us.”
However, there are currently three gaps in the plan, O’Caña acknowledged.
“The first gap is Mazatlán to Durango. The Mexican authorities are going to take care of that. There is a gap from Reynosa to Mission, which we are going to take care of. And there is gap from Mission to Hebbronville, which we will take care of. Once we connect those three gaps, it will be a connection all the way to Canada.”
Asked about the Jim Hogg component, O’Caña said: “Jim Hogg County has already given us a legal document to be able to enter into Jim Hogg to begin to meet with citizens on right of way acquisition on the rail part to connect to Hebbronville.”
Asked if passenger rail was still part of the equation, O’Caña answered affirmatively. He said he has met with the incoming governor of Nuevo Leon, Samuel Garcia and he is on board.
“We are moving forward. We are still looking at 2025 for the start of construction, with the bridge open for business by 2027,” O’Caña said.
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