Edinburg: $70M road construction fast tracked for Texas A&MEdinburg: $70M road construction fast tracked for Texas A&Mhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=106432015-09-29T05:00:00Z2015-09-29T11:00:00Z

​​EDINBURG - About $70 million of new road construction and expansion was fast tracked as one condition for the new Texas A&M campus slated to be built inside the Tres Lagos development in McAllen.

“This corridor is critical,” said Joseph Palacios, Hidalgo County commissioner for Precinct 4, regarding several road expansion projects along Monte Cristo and Ware roads, near the entrance of Tres Lagos, a master planned development in far northwest McAllen. It also includes expansion of 10th St. that will link Hwy. 107 to Monte Cristo.

“This is really going to enhance mobility and defer a lot of the traffic that normally utilizes Trenton Rd. to continue north bound and take that route along Monte Cristo,” Palacios said.

The first stretch of road scheduled for expansion by the end of 2017 is an $11 million project that will turn Monte Cristo between McColl and 10th St. into a four-lane highway with a turning lane.

The state and federal government is slated to cover most of the bill, and the local match is anticipated to be about 20 percent — or $2.1 million split between the City of Edinburg and Hidalgo County.

Texas A&M indicated that it aims to open its doors by 2017 with about 100 students, but has plans to expand to 750 students over five more years.

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