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 $750,000 in grant funding was awarded to the Santa Cruz and United Irrigation Districts as part of the Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grants. The Santa Cruz Irrigation will receive $250,000 and the United Irrigation District will receive $500,000.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced $16,206,307 was allocated to four cities and one county in the Rio Grande Valley in the 15th District of Texas by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD).
Allocations include the following programs: Community Development Block Grants (CDBG); CDBG Recovery Housing Program (RHP); HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME); Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA); and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG).
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez announced a $3,210,638 grant award from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for COVID-19 relief for the McAllen International Airport.
The grant funds will cover operational expenses such as personnel, utilities, maintenance, salaries and disinfecting processes added due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
MCALLEN, Texas — Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued a statement to applaud the actions of the individuals, volunteers and lineworkers who worked ceaselessly to respond to this week’s ongoing disaster in Texas:
“While we wait for the results of the investigations into Texas' electric grid, we must commend the individuals, volunteers and lineworkers who worked day and night in grueling conditions to restore power and help our communities.
MCALLEN, Texas — Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) joined nine members of Texas’ Democratic Congressional Delegation in demanding immediate answers from leadership of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and Public Utility Commission of Texas as to the cause, duration, and equitable distribution of power outages across the state of Texas.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) voted in favor of H.R. 8015, the Delivering for America Act, to prohibit any attempt to dismantle, delay, or change U.S. Postal Service (USPS) operations and maintain reliable and efficient service. The House approved the legislation with a vote of 257 to 150 on Saturday, August 22, 2020.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced $2,874,097 for the McAllen Miller International Airport to improve airport drainage. Awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the grant will fund the installation of 2,800 feet of drainage improvements to eliminate ponding on airfield surfaces.
These federal funds will be used to cover the final phase for the storm water management system improvements at the McAllen International Airport.
MCALLEN, Texas – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced the return of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) to South Texas. Following months of work, Congressman Gonzalez cemented a deal between PBS and Entravision to broadcast in the Rio Grande Valley.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced a $9,572,032 federal grant award for the City of McAllen transit system. Metro McAllen received more than $9 million in Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funds through the CARES Act.