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City-of-Mission-logoMISSION—As construction on the Conway Streetscape Project proceeds, contractors are changing things up, Ricardo Gallaga, project manager, told the Mission Redevelopment Authority Tuesday.

“One change we have made to the process we were following before is we would do one side and then jump over to the next side of the block,” Gallaga said. “In looking at the parking of the business owners we decided, through coordination with the city and the contractor, to stay on the east side so that the west side parking lot is available.”

Gallaga said this month construction crews will be working from Eighth Street down to Fourth Street. He added the area already has been removed of old concrete and the area between Fifth Street and Sixth Street is ready for pouring of the new concrete.

“We are hoping in the next month or so we will be up to Third Street. We will have First and Second, and then jump to the west side of the road,” Gallaga said. “They are moving a lot faster than we were before. In (Leo Peña Placita Park), there are a good amount of pavers already and the foundation for the grapefruit has been put in.”

The grapefruit statue stood on the east sides of the park. After being cleaned and repainted, the statue will be reinstalled over the course of a few weeks.

Also Tuesday, Roberto Salinas, City of Mission public works director, gave an update on the Military Water Loop Project.

Salinas explained the city is in the process of acquiring land for the project but was notified by the Hidalgo County Regional Mobility Authority that the water loop would interfere with the county’s plan to build a highway that would eventually cross Military Road.

The public works director explained the HCRMA asked to participate with the water loop project.

“The RMA has come forward and asked the city if they could participate in the acquisition of the property,” Salinas said. “So they can put us onsite for the future roadway or acquisition of property on the west side of Conway (Avenue).”

Salinas said 50 percent of the professional services is complete on the water loop project. He added the HCRMA said they would pay for the redesign of the water loop, for the acquisition services and a portion of construction.

The MRA/Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone is contributing $585,00 to the water loop project.

Judith Garza-Bosquez, a representative of the Texas Department of Transportation, said currently the contractor is working on the middle lane for U.S. 83 Overpass at Inspiration Road project site. She added sidewall construction has also started on the westbound frontage road.

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