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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RIO GRANDE CITY, RGV – It’s a sign of just how much the Starr County economy has grown when its economic development leaders can be blasé about an investment of $50 million.
But, to some extent that is happening. Investments of more than $150 million and $250 million, mostly in the energy sector, are becoming the norm.
“The numbers today are a little surreal,” said Rose Benavidez, president of Starr County Industrial Foundation, which is the economic development division for what has historically been of the poorest counties in Texas.
FALFURRIAS – Brooks County leaders met to discuss flooding issues in Falfurrias on Monday.
Flooding in Jim Hogg, Duval and Brooks counties brought community members together to find a solution for the stagnant water and drainage issues.
“What impacts one county, impacts the next and impacts the next, so there's no way around not working together,” says Congressman Vicente Gonzalez.
None of the three counties can budget for a loan – grants are needed.
The Texas Department of Transportation released this statement:
WASHINGTON – The Trump administration said Thursday it will waive more than two dozen environmental and land use laws to speed construction of new border barriers in parts of the Rio Grande Valley, a move that has angered local property owners and environmentalists who say it will lead to protected wildlife corridors being walled off along the river.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued the following statement in response to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s plan to introduce a bill that fully funds the administration’s proposed border wall on the U.S.-Mexico Border.
DONNA, Texas - It's been a problem in the city of Donna for decades.
Water from the reservoirs and canals are contaminated. Now two local Congressmen say they have a plan to clean it all up.
For years area residents in Donna have heard about the warnings concerning contaminated fish and polluted waters in the reservoirs and canals.
Alex Valdez - resident says, "When they first started saying that the fish was contaminated and all that stuff they were saying that the water…you can't fish here."
The U.S. Department of Transportation allocated more than $600,000 to the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council for new bus shelters, the administration announced this week.
The region is among five throughout Texas to receive grant money through the Federal Transit Administration’s bus and bus facilities infrastructure investment program. The city of Wichita Falls received the largest award — more than $9 million.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced that Federal Transit Administration has awarded $661,342 from its Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program to the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council (LRGVDC) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. The funding will assist LRGVDC with the design and construction of new bus shelters – enhancing the experience of riders traveling between Brownsville, Edinburg, and Harlingen.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced that the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded the City of Hidalgo and Hidalgo Economic Development Corporation $1,200,000 for infrastructure and employment projects.
This EDA investment will support the construction of a water and sewer system and new road in the City of Hidalgo. The improvements will ease the long-term economic distress in the area and support private investment and job creation throughout the region.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) is encouraging eligible rural communities in the 15th District of Texas to apply for water and waste disposal funding offered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development’s Water & Waste Disposal Loan & Grant program.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) is encouraging eligible applicants in the 15th District of Texas to apply for available Recruiting Assistant positions for the 2020 Decennial Census.