MCALLEN, Texas – Juan Olaguibel, superintendent of bridges for the City of McAllen, had an alarm set on his mobile phone for the minute he received hot news from the federal government.

That alarm has now gone off and so construction for full cargo facilities at Anzalduas International Bridge can soon begin.

Olaguibel (pictured above) spoke about the alarm he set during his monthly presentation to the McAllen Economic Development Corporation board of directors.

“With regards to the Anzalduas cargo project, I am happy to say the design is in the final stage. I have an alarm on. As soon as I get that email, this thing is supposed to go off really, really, loud. It is supposed to be really, really, soon. That is what the government says. As soon as we get it, that means that we will be signing the agreement and we will be ready for construction for our full cargo facilities at Anzalduas. I will keep you posted on that,” Olaguibel told the MEDC board.

Olaguibel will be present on Wednesday, Dec. 1, when an official signing ceremony takes place at McAllen City Hall for a “Donation Acceptance Agreement” for full cargo facilities at Anzalduas International Bridge. The event is slated to take place at 11 a.m. on the 1st.

Anzalduas International Bridge is co-owned by the cities of McAllen, Mission, Hidalgo and Granjeno. The mayors of these four cities, Javier Villalobos of McAllen, Armando Ocaña of Mission, Sergio Coronado of Hidalgo, and Yvette Cabrera of Granjeno, are slated to be at the signing ceremony.

Others VIPs slated to appear at the signing ceremony, include: U.S. Sen, John Cornyn, state Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa of McAllen, state Rep. Terry Canales of Edinburg,state Rep. Sergio Muñoz of Mission, Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez, Hidalgo County Commissioners Eddie Cantu of Pharr and Everardo Villarreal of Mission, McAllen City Manager Roel “Roy” Rodriguez, and CBP Port Director Carlos Rodriguez.

“These facilities will allow full cargo commercial traffic to cross into the United States from Mexico, increasing trade between the two countries.The project cost is $49.9 millionand will be paid by state and local funds,” a City of McAllen news advisory states.

Olaguibel told the Rio Grande Guardian International News Service: “After this (signing ceremony) we will be able to construct.”


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