U.S. 281 rehab is finished

SAN BENITO — Los Indios Mayor Rick Cavazos figures praise is due for a job he calls well-done.

The rehabilitation and widening of U.S. 281 at Los Indios snarled traffic near his town since the 1.65-mile, $3.9 million project began in February 2017.

Now that it’s completed, Cavazos told the board of the Harlingen-San Benito Metropolitan Planning Organization he congratulated TxDOT and the contractor who performed the work, Foremost Paving Inc. of Elsa.

“We appreciate the efforts of TxDOT and the contractors who went above and beyond,” Cavazos told his fellow board members. “They met all our needs. Any questions the residents had about the project were promptly addressed.

“I want to express my gratitude to both TxDOT and the contractor and anybody involved,” he added, noting the project was brought to completion about a month ahead of schedule.

“It was really a great project. If you get a chance, drive that highway. It’s really impressive.”

The newly refurbished and widened highway extends from FM 509 west to .05 miles west of FM 1479. The border road, also referred to as Military Highway, connects Brownsville to I-69C in McAllen.

The Los Indios work on U.S. 281 was the latest in a series of sections which have been widened from two to four lanes. The east-west artery, although not an interstate, is a critical roadway which serves as an alternative to heavily traveled I-2/Expressway 83.

TxDOT Projects Update

FM 106 roadway reconstruction

Location: From FM 1847 to FM 510

Cost: $15.6 million

Project Length: 11.4 miles

Contractor: Texas SAI Inc.

Work started: November 2015

Completion date: September 2018

Work finished: 82 percent

The project consists of a major overhaul of the roadway and includes several wildlife underpasses and adjacent fencing.

BSIF at Los Indios

Location: Los Indios Free Trade International Bridge

Cost: $6.9 million

Project Length: .001 miles

Contractor: Foremost Paving Inc.

Work started: February 2015

Completion date: March 2018

Work finished: 78 percent

The new border safety inspection facility will inspect trucks from Mexico entering the United States. Work on the facility has been suspended while TxDOT awaits a land donation from Cameron County.

Bridge rehabilitation Rio Hondo lift bridge

Location: Rio Hondo

Cost: $12.4 million

Project length: 0.117 miles

Contractor: PCL Civil Contractors Inc.

Work started: Summer 2016

Completion date: February 2018

Work finished: 97 percent

The project consists of a complete overhaul of the mechanical lift bridge over the Arroyo Colorado. Traffic should begin crossing again in July.

State Highway 107

Location: Combes

Cost: $3.7 million

Project length: 0.465 miles

Contractor: Foremost Paving Inc.

Work started: August 2017

Completion date: October 2018

Work finished: 36 percent

The project consists of construction of a non-freeway facility including widening, retaining walls, storm drain, curb and gutter, signals, signs and pavement painting.