New look 10th Street to run from University Dr. through Monte Cristo Rd.
By Bryan Ramos
idalgo County broke ground today on the construction of North 10th Street expansion which will extend the McAllen street from University Drive all the way through Monte Cristo Road.
The project is aimed to relieve congestion on one of McAllen’s busiest streets and create more room for trucks use as opposed to driving deep into cities, making city roads safer.
Joseph Palacios, the Hidalgo County Commissioner of Precinct 4 who took leadership on making the project happen, said the long envisioned expansion was a complicated process that came to fruition through people coming together.
“We can do so much together if we continue to just work together and figure out how, even in the toughest of times, figure out how we’re going to solve the biggest issues we have,” Palacios said. “This, 10th street, posed one of the biggest problems that we’ve had because it was complex. We had utility lines in the way, we had a prior subdivision that was developed decades ago, and there was every reason why this project would never come into fruition. Well we rolled up our sleeves and attacked it step by step, bit by bit.”
Palacios revealed the expansion will not include a median like the highly disliked median that runs on 10th St. from Trenton Rd. through University Dr.
Monte Cristo Rd. will also be the home of Tres Lagos and Texas A&M College Station-RGV. The project’s budget is $16 million with $13 million of that coming from federal and state funding.
State Rep. Terry Canales was on hand to speak about how this was made possible by multi-jurisdictional partnerships that were formed on the local, city, state and federal level.
“For generations, our region has been underserved,” Canales said. “We’ve had to fight, scratch and claw for transportation dollars with leaders like Joseph Palacios, Senator Hinojosa and the delegation that I work with; but it’s that fight that makes today that much sweeter. What I can tell you is the necessity of this expansion is the lifeblood of the Rio Grande Valley.”
Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa thanked Palacios for taking the leadership and bringing the project to life. Hinojosa had much praise for the fast-growing Rio Grande Valley.
“The Valley continues to be one of the fastest growing areas in the state,” Hinojosa said. “We continue to develop our infrastructure, Bicentennial – $45 million, the Pharr interchange is going to be $150 million, we now have a new medical school, University of Texas has invested over half a billion dollars for buildings in this area. For us, when you look at the progress, it means that the leadership, it means that the community, it means all of our government entities are working together as a team to keep up with our growth and infrastructure needs.”