Rep. Cuellar Releases Statement on FHWA Approving Over $10 Million in CBI Funding for World Trade Bridge FAST Lane Project
Washington, April 4, 2018 | Olya Voytovich, DC Press Secretary; Leslie Martinez, District Press Secretary (Olya Voytovich 202-226-1583; Leslie Martinez (956) 725-0639)
Today, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) approved the use of $10,300,000 dollars in coordinated border infrastructure funds for the FAST Lane Project which will allow for an expedited lane for pre-cleared trucks to traverse through Laredo. This critical step forward in the development of the project which will alleviate congestion and increase mobility of this vitally important economic Port of Entry at the Texas-Mexican border.
“I am pleased to see that the Federal Highway Administration has approved the use of CBI funding for the World Trade Bridge FAST Lane project,” said Congressman Cuellar. “This funding will streamline international commerce through Laredo, eliminate costly bottlenecks and greatly benefit the local and national economy.
“As the largest inland port in the United States, the World Trade Bridge plays a large role as an economic engine for Texas. This project will relocate FAST lanes to a new site on the north side of the federal compound, allowing FAST trucks a more direct route from the bridge, into the new FAST inspection facility, and on to their final destinations.
“As this project moves forward towards the design phase, I would like to thank the City of Laredo, GSA, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, TX DOT, and the Federal Highway Administration for their partnership in obtaining crucial funding for the FAST Lane project at the World Trade Bridge. I am confident that this project will be an economic powerhouse that will better our cities and the businesses within them.”