Mexico Slow to Start on Border Bridge Near El Paso 9/17/12
September 17, 2012
EL PASO, Texas (AP) - A border bridge project between West Texas and the Mexican state of Chihuahua hasn't started on the southern side of the Rio Grande a year after plans were announced.
Construction of the long-awaited Tornillo bridge, aimed at relieving congested cargo traffic lanes between El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, started on the U.S. side in July.
Ernesto Carrizal, El Paso County's director of public words, says U.S. officials told him Mexico remains committed to the project. Carrizal told county commissioners Monday that he isn't concerned about the delay because projects on the Mexican side usually start late and still finish on time.
Carrizal says different phases on the U.S. side are anywhere from 40 percent to 90 percent completed.