MCALLEN, Texas – McAllen Mayor Javier Villalobos sees he is pushing to get a loop built around McAllen, Mission, Edinburg and Pharr.

He says such a loop would alleviate a lot of the congestion in Hidalgo County, thus reducing travel time for passenger vehicles and commercial truck traffic alike. 

Villalobos told the Rio Grande Guardian International News Service of his plans in a video interview about the expansion of the Anzalduas International Bridge. 

“The other project I am trying to get everybody to jump into – and I am talking to our Mission mayor, our Pharr mayor, our Edinburg mayor, and, in reality, all our surrounding communities – is to help push for a loop around our area,” Villalobos said. “I know the RMA was looking at that but it really hasn’t gone (anywhere). But if we do it collectively, as a group, as a region, I think it has a lot more power.”

As Villalobos noted, a loop was on the agenda for Hidalgo County Regional Mobility Authority a decade or so back. But, it never materialized. He said now is a good time to revisit the project.

“And now, especially as there is competition in politics, with Republicans and Democrats, where they have to compete for our vote, where before they never had to (before), I think we have a very good chance of pushing and being able to get funding.”

Villalobos pointed to the success of loops around San Antonio, Victoria, and Houston. He said that ever since becoming mayor he has worked to improve the region, not just McAllen.

“Ever since I got elected I have been pushing to work regionally and people are starting to come together. We started off with the drainage. I have talked to Cameron County, with the judge, with Mayor Mendez. I said, guys, we have got to work together. We need to try to bring industry. I don’t care whether we bring big industry and it is in Cameron County or it is in Starr County. We are all going to benefit. We have to start thinking like big boys, like a region.”

The federal government has poured money into South Texas in recent years in order to help the region recover from the economic impact of the COVID pandemic. Asked if there is still federal money available for a new loop in Hidalgo County, Villalobos said: “I think there is. I think we are going to scratch and dig and push and pull and do whatever we need to do to see if we can get this.”

Here is the video interview with Mayor Villalobos:


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  1. I agree with Mayor Villalobos of Edinburg. The Valley has long needed a loop or another highway connecting its cities. See Chapter 23. “Media” in my novel YEARNERS, which by the way is about a good number of developments Latinos are going through in Texas after the Mid-term Elections.