State Rep. Lopez bill streamlines heavy cargo

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Janie Lopez

State Rep. Janie Lopez’s bill aimed at streamlining big cargo is headed for Gov. Gregg Abbott’s desk to become law.

While an overweight corridor has been established between the Free Trade International Bridge in Los Indios to the Port of Harlingen, using Farm-to-Market Roads 509 and 106, increasing activity and violence stemming from Mexican cartels is leading many truckers to feel unsafe using the route, so they’re using a portion of U.S. Highway 281, which has not been designated as an overweight corridor.

Now, the new bill aims to make changes to help keep truckers safe and cargo and business moving in the Rio Grande Valley, Lopez stated.

“I am proud to have worked with Speaker (Dade) Phelan, Governor Abbott, the Department of Public Safety and the Port of Harlingen Authority to get this important legislation for District 37 passed in the Texas House,” she stated.

“Transportation issues are one of the many issues that House District 37 elected me to address, and after months of hard work and collaboration with the Port of Harlingen Authority, we are one step closer to providing solutions and getting results.”

“As the federal government has ignored the rising criminal activity at our southern border from Mexican cartels, it is up to our state and local governments to come together to provide solutions that will keep our people safe,” a press release stated.

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