Plans move forward for new bridge in Brownsville

March 26, 2012 7:24:35 AM PDT
Plans are moving forward for the South Texas city of Brownsville to get its fifth bridge to Mexico.

The San Antonio Express-News reports that a committee named by the Cameron County commissioners has accepted proposals from four engineering firms for the Flor de Mayo International Bridge.

The planned non-commercial bridge is set to link retailers on the Brownsville side to an industrial park in Matamoros, the city across the Rio Grande.

County Administrator Pete Sepulveda says the bridge will give new access to factory employees who want to shop or visit family.

Cameron County Judge Carlos Cascos says any opening date for the bridge is five to seven years away.

The bridge will be the first to open in Cameron County since the Veteran's International Bridge in 1999.