City hopes to bring revenue with cold storage facility

HARLINGEN — Nearly 24 years after it opened, local leaders are counting on a cold storage facility to boost revenues at the Free Trade Bridge at Los Indios.

Today, city commissioners will consider a proposal to work with CameronCounty and San Benito to build a $414,000 cold storage unit to help draw more truck traffic to the bridge.

The city, San Benito and CameronCounty own the bridge, built at a cost of $40 million in 1992.

As part of an agreement, the city would fund $112,500 of the cost to build the 75-foot by 30-foot “walk-in cooler” on federal land on the bridge’s west side, City Manager Dan Serna said yesterday.

Serna said the project would allow trucks to use the cooler to store produce during customs inspections.

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