Texas, Mexico to restore historic bridge in stages

May 19, 2011 1:57:46 AM PDT
-- Texas and Mexico officials have decided to restore the 83-year-old San Pedro-Roma Suspension Bridge over the Rio Grande in stages while waiting for more funding. The bridge links Roma, Texas, and Ciudad Miguel Aleman, Tamaulipas, in Mexico and is the only bridge between Teas and Tamaulipas. However, it has long been closed to traffic because of structural deterioration.

Texas, Starr County and Roma are pledging $1.5 million for initial repairs, with Tamaulipas and Miguel Aleman pledging another $1.5 million. That would be enough to make the bridge safe for pedestrian traffic. Roma City Manager Crisanto Salinas tells The Monitor of McAllen that full restoration will cost about $7 million, and he says border interests hope for further funding to come from both sides of the river in the future.