BROWNSVILLE, Texas – The Port of Brownsville held a ribbon cutting ceremony on March 4, 2022, for the Rio Grande Valley’s latest commerce route, the 1.9 mile-long South Port Connector Road. 

The new road officially opened for business Monday, March 7.

The road project is a collaborative effort between the Brownsville Navigation District, Cameron County, the Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority, the Rio Grande Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization, and the Texas Department of Transportation to improve port access and ease urban traffic in the Brownsville area.

Funding for the $25.6 million port connector road was procured by the Port of Brownsville, Cameron County, the CCRMA, RGVMPO and TxDOT. Construction of the road began August 2020 and its completion marks the first phase of CCRMA’s larger East Loop Corridor construction project.

“This is just the beginning of what is going to be an incredible project for our region, the city of Brownsville, our neighbors to the south,” said Eduardo ‘Eddie’ Campirano, port director and CEO of Brownsville Navigation District. 

“This project is very, very meaningful in many, many, ways. It represents, in some respects the only access to the south side of the ship channel that we have ever had. And that discussion has been going on for decades.”

Campirano added: “The South Port Connector represents a significant asset to the region for freight mobility.”


In this video interview, Eduardo ‘Eddie’ Campirano discusses the South Port Connector and cargo growth projections for the Port of Brownsville.

Editor’s Note: Click here to watch the South Port Connector ribbon-cutting ceremony live on Facebook.

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