PHARR, Texas – The Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge Board held their first meeting since the implementation and rescindment of Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order instructing Texas Department of Public Safety officers to perform inspections on all commercial vehicles crossing into the state from international ports of entry.
The crossings and revenues report, finance report, and engineer’s report were given in open session, but Bridge Director Luis Bazan delivered his report during an executive session with the board. Shortly after returning, the board adjourned the meeting.
Bazan says that he would love to give an update detailing what occurred while Abbott’s order was in effect, but says data is still being collected and businesses are still reviewing their numbers.
“Right now, we’re actually gathering more facts,” said Bazan. “We’re gathering more information. We’re hoping to have more information, but we’re in that process right now, so we’re not at liberty to discuss the situation.”
The Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge was heavily impacted by the executive order as hours-long lines and a blockade in both northbound and southbound lanes completely shut it down, drawing harsh criticism from industry leaders, trade organizations and elected officials.
“Pharr Bridge is open,” said Bazan. “That’s all I can say.”
Bazan said he was unsure of when data will become available and referred to the City of Pharr for any additional comment.
In a statement released on April 15, the city estimated a loss of $1 billion in trade as a result of the delays and included a video breaking down the numbers and showing footage of the congested bridge lanes.
Economic research and analysis firm The Perryman Group released their report titled “The Economic Cost of the Recent Border Delays” where they estimated a loss of $8.97 billion in U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) nationally and a $4.23 billion GDP loss in Texas while the order was in effect.
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