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Abbott calls to allocate $150 million for Rio Grande roadway project | Texas

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www.thecentersquare.com – By Lauren Scott | – 2023-06-27 12:26:00

(The Center Square) – Gov. Greg Abbott called on the Texas Transportation Commission and Texas Department of Transportation on June 26 to grant $150 million in the Unified Transportation Program to fund the construction of the International Bridge Trade Corridor project in the Rio Grande Valley. 

The IBTC is a proposed non-tolled, four-lane divided roadway that would provide interstate access for several international ports of entry and expedite the movement of goods and freight through the border region, according to a June 26 news release.

“This project will bolster international trade and accelerate throughput at border checkpoints to better move freight and improve security,” Abbott said. “Texas is the top exporting state and with this investment, we will boost our state's economy in the Rio Grande Valley and across our state.”

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The proposed project would be constructed in two phases.

First, the construction of four 12-foot frontage roads with 10-foot outside shoulders and 4-to-10-foot inside shoulders from south Pharr to FM 493 and mainlanes from the future Valley View Interchange to I-2.

Second, the construction of four 12-foot mainlanes with 10-foot inside and outside shoulders divided by a concrete traffic barrier. Ideally, the design would also provide for overpasses and ramps at major intersections.

The governor's office said the IBTC would begin in south Pharr and extend north to I-2 in Donna. The total length of the proposed project is 13.15 miles and would traverse the cities of Pharr, San Juan, Alamo, and Donna. 

Abbott's requested allotment would provide most of the funding for the project. The funds will also allow the Texas Department of Transportation to place the project on the state highway system. 

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“Texas must bolster our ports and roadway infrastructure to ensure we remain the #1 exporting state in America and a hub for global trade,” Abbott said in a tweet.

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Rebekah A. Byler update: Shawn Cranston arrested after pregnant Amish woman murdered in Spartanburg, Pa. home

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abc13.com – ABCNews – 2024-03-02 15:27:28

SUMMARY: Police have arrested 52-year-old Shawn Cranston in connection to the murder of 23-year-old pregnant Amish woman Rebekah Byler in rural Pennsylvania. Byler was found dead with cuts to her head and neck in Sparta Township. Cranston is facing charges including criminal homicide of an unborn child. The community is shocked by the rare violent crime in their tight-knit town. The investigation is ongoing, and the motive remains unknown. The suspect is being held without bond at Crawford County Jail. The Pennsylvania State Police are continuing to investigate the case.

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4 arrested on drug charges in Elgin following raid

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www.kxan.com – Julianna Russ – 2024-03-02 14:10:10

SUMMARY: Four individuals were arrested in Elgin during a raid conducted by the Elgin Police Department. Angela Alvarado, Ivan Cook, Anthony Joiner, and Jamaal Bradley face charges related to the delivery or possession of controlled substances. The police seized firearms, narcotics, cash, and electronics during the raid. The area where the raid took place has been a site of violent crimes, drug trafficking, and other criminal activities, including a double murder in 2023. The Elgin PD has been conducting investigations and making arrests related to narcotics in the area. The DEA field offices in Austin and Houston, as well as local sheriff’s offices, assisted in the raid. Additional information can be provided to Sergeant Nichole Brimhall.

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Fleming Street shooting: HSCO deputies responding to stolen vehicle recovery shoots, kills man allegedly holding Uzi-type weapon

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abc13.com – KTRK – 2024-03-02 13:49:32

SUMMARY: A man was fatally shot by deputies in northeast Harris County after being found in possession of an “Uzi-type” weapon while recovering a stolen vehicle. The incident marks the third shooting involving law enforcement in three days in the Houston area. The sheriff’s office responded to a call and encountered the armed man, resulting in the use of deadly force. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, and no deputies were injured in the incident. The circumstances surrounding the shooting and the man’s connection to the initial call remain unclear.

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