AUSTIN, TX — Today, the Texas Transportation Commission (Commission) approved more than $388 million for new construction projects in Hidalgo County. The funds will come from TxDOT under the 2020 Unified Transportation Program (UTP) which authorizes projects involving highways, aviation, public transportation, and state and coastal waterways for construction, development and planning activities.

The following are some of the newly authorized projects approved for Hidalgo County:


  • $ 194 million – US 281 in Hidalgo County – Upgrade to interstate standards
  • $ 180 millionĀ  ($124.4 million increase from previous UTP) for SH 68
  • $ 11.4 million – Anzalduas International Port of Entry

Also, at the request of Senator Hinojosa, State Representative and House Transportation Committee Chairman Terry Canales, Pharr Mayor and MPO Chairman Ambrosio Hernandez, and Hidalgo RMA Chairman David Deanda the Commission re-authorized the funding for SH 365 and SH 550, after TxDOT’s initial staff recommendation to remove the projects from the 2020 UTP.

Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa issued the following statement:

“I appreciate the Texas Transportation Commission’s unanimous vote today to approve the 2020 Unified Transportation Program. Once again, the revised and approved UTP, continues to invest in our fast growing region. Infrastructure is key to continue the economic growth of South Texas. I appreciate the Commission and TxDOT leadership for working with me and our community leaders to continue their support of our transportation needs not only by re-authorizing the SH 365 and SH 550 projects but also for the additional $388 million in new funds for transportation projects in Hidalgo County including upgrading US 281 to interstate standards. The 2020 UTP will greatly help our transportation needs in the Rio Grande Valley.”

Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa proudly represents the counties of Nueces, Jim Wells, Brooks, and Hidalgo (part). Senator Hinojosa served as the Senate President Pro Tempore of the Texas Senate in the 84th Texas Legislature. Senator Hinojosa currently serves as Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, and serves on the Senate Committees on Natural Resources & Economic Development; Transportation; Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs.

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