Transportation & Infrastructure
Congressman Gonzalez is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all South Texans as well as ensuring that people are able to travel or transport goods safely through the region. This means providing robust federal funding for the construction, maintenance, repair, and expansion of levees that mitigate flooding, water treatment plants and filtration facilities that provide potable water to our communities and farmers and ranchers, highways and bridges that support family vehicles and freight, freight and passenger railway systems, and air traffic control towers, runways, and terminals that ensure safe and efficient air travel.
The 15th District is home to the Pharr International Bridge, the number one land port of entry for fresh fruits and vegetables, the Supervia highway, and recently-designated I-69, which will ultimately provide relief to the traveling public along the I-2/I-69 interchange. McAllen International Aiport, New Braunfels Airport, and a number of other regional airports and airfields are located throughout the congressman’s district.
The congressman has a proven record of supporting federal programs such as the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program, which helps states and local communities finance surface infrastructure improvements, the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) and the Federal Aviation Administration’s Contract Tower Program, which help our air traffic controllers to direct aircraft, safeguard our skies, and provide a safe space for military operations across the country.
With the current administration, Congressman Gonzalez is working on a $1 trillion infrastructure package that would create jobs, expand our region's economy, and modernize the infrastructure of the region.
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WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the McAllen International Airport was awarded two Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) totaling $16,680,726.
The Airport Improvement Program provides grants to public agencies for the planning and development of public-use airports. These federal funds will be used to cover 90 percent of costs for the storm water management system improvements at the McAllen International Airport.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced $24,875 in federal funding for the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). The grant will help fund the Biochar-Geomedia Water Filter project that will create a low-cost prototype water filter to treat lead and other chemicals in drinking water.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued a statement in response to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) announcement that it will issue a waiver, which would expedite the construction of new border barriers in the Rio Grande Valley Sector:
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) and Filemon Vela (TX-34) announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded $850,000 in federal funding to construct two new hangars and extend the runway at the Weslaco Mid-Valley Airport.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued a statement following the passage of H.R. 132, the North America Development Bank (NADB) Improvement Act of 2019 through the Financial Services Committee.
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced $79,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the city of La Villa, Texas’ police department to replace its patrol vehicles. The purchase of these new vehicles will help public safety officials keep residents safe and allow for officers to patrol the city more effectively.
The police department currently has patrol vehicles with high mileage and are in constant need of repairs.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making $150 million in grants available to rural communities across the United States affected by natural disaster including those in Hidalgo County. The grants may be used for relief in areas affected by natural disaster such as hurricanes, tornados, and the recent devastating floods in the Rio Grande Valley.
“Time and time again, President Trump ignores facts for his fantasy of building an ineffective, futile wall along our southern border. He is literally taking resources from our military, and disaster relief in order to construct this wasteful project. These acts are reckless and endanger the lives of our nation’s servicemembers and potential victims of natural disasters,” said Congressman Vicente Gonzalez.
MCALLEN – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced more than $10 million in federal disaster loans for SouthTexas businesses and residents impacted by severe storms and flooding that occurred between June 24-25, 2019, and were approved by the Small Business Administration (SBA). The deadline to register for federal assistance is Monday, September 16.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) encouraged Central and South Texan organizations to apply for natural disaster aid funding following the announcement of $587 million being made available by the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA). Eligible grantees must be in communities impacted by Presidentially declared natural disasters in 2018, and floods and tornadoes in 2019.