TxDot to improve Mines Road

  • Friday, 11 March 2016 19:06
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Traffic congestion on FM 1472 or Mines Road will soon see some relief.

The city of Laredo is continuing it's work with the Texas Department of Transportation to improve FM 1472 better known as Mines Road and in as soon as a week drivers should experience fewer traffic delays.

It may seem like construction is happening all throughout the city. "We have a lot of construction going on and there's more to come", said Mayor Pete Saenz.

Right now TxDot is making improvements to Loop 20 and FM 1472 also known as Mines Road. Mayor Pete Saenz says the enhancements will keep traffic moving in both directions improving overall travel relating to trade.

"At some point we will have better highways, better Loop 20, better Mines Road we are expanding Mines Road as we speak and there's more. We plan to have six lanes on Mines Road connected to the World Trade Bridge", said Mayor Saenz.

Laredo's International World Trade Bridge is the number one inland port along the U.S. Mexico border in the United States, handling close to 200 billion dollars worth of trade.Trade that travels all along Mines Road.

Mayor Saenz says renovations will only better the trade economy. "The efficiency of promoting the fluidity of trade through our bridges and roads into the industrial parks and beyond to 35 or even south highway 83 and also for the public and obviously the roads and highways are too full for business and also for regular vehicle trafficking", said Mayor Saenz.

In the meantime he's asking travelers to take caution while driving in construction zones- until all projects are complete. "So its worth the inconvenience at this point Laredo will be a better city down the road in the next few years or so", said Mayor Saenz.

The FM 1472 Mines Road project is expected to be complete by March 16th. TxDot says drivers should always observe safety signs and traffic control devices in work zones while looking out for construction workers and heavy equipment.

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