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Harlingen Awarded $5 Million RAISE Grant for Commerce Steet Corridor Redesign

HARLINGEN, Texas– The City of Harlingen has received a $5,020,730 million RAISE grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.  The federal money with no local match is the first step to improving Commerce Street.  The grant award was announced by Valley Congresswoman Mayra Flores this week.


Mayor Norma Sepulveda welcomed the news saying “These federal dollars will allow us to plan, redesign, and evaluate the transportation needs of the Commerce Street Corridor which encompasses 3.4 miles of one of the busiest areas of Harlingen.  This project will improve safety, mobility, drainage, and the overall aesthetics of Commerce Street.”


This corridor is also one of the city’s oldest, first laid out by Harlingen’s founder, Lon C. Hill, and later becoming part of the designated Highway 96 (renamed Route 77) that served as the main route along the Gulf Coast from Corpus Christi to Brownsville until 1945.  The corridor runs in a south-north direction connecting several main sectors of the City and includes the industrial areas in the northwest, Downtown, and a major commercial area in south Harlingen which leads into the medical district.


Mayor Sepulveda says the redesign and improvements will benefit the entire City.


The City will use this grant to complete the design and preliminary engineering for this project which includes roadway reconstruction, stormwater improvements, and intersection, multimodal, and streetscape improvements.  The length of the project starts at the intersection of South Commerce and North 77 Sunshine Strip to the intersection of South Commerce and South 77 Sunshine Strip for a total of 3.43 miles.


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