Pharr city officials are easy to reach, and they understand the produce industry, he said.
He also was impressed with the “overweight corridor” for trucks.
The state legislature has designated a corridor that connects the bridge to various warehouse sites and allows trucks to cross that weigh in excess of the 80,000-pound weight limit if they pay a fee of up to $80.
“That’s been a big plus,” Garza said. “It’s an added incentive for Mexican trucks to cross at our port of entry.”
There are two other bridges in the region, however, they are not yet commercially operational, Garza said.
But the city isn’t worried about the competition.
“If there’s an increase in traffic, there will be enough revenue to go around for all the bridges,” he said.
With the slow pace of federal funding coming for those projects and with needed infrastructure still to be built, 2015 is the earliest date the other bridges will be commercially operational, he said.
The regional economy also should get a boost from the 300 to 400 jobs the produce park project is expected to generate and from fuel purchases for additional trucks, Garza said.