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Reconstruction project on Tom Gill Rd. underway

For 60 days, people travelling on Tom Gill Road in Peñitas will have to find an alternate route.

The City of Peñitas has recently entered into an interlocal agreement with Hidalgo County Precinct 3 that includes improvements on Tom Gill Rd. P.R. Avila, the Assistant Director of the Hidalgo County Urban County Program, who are also involved in the project, spoke at a press conference Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018.

20181002 PenitasPressConferenceCommissioner Joe Flores was also present at the conference, as well as the mayor and city council of Peñitas. Flores spoke about some of the details on the project.

“I understand that the City of Peñitas has gone out for bids already on the first 500 feet, which is for drainage improvements,” Flores said. “We’re going to start from the north, all the way up to the south area. Maybe by then the City of Peñitas will be finishing up their drainage project. We’re working very closely with the City of Peñitas.”

Mayor Rigo Lopez was excited to see the improvements be implemented in the city, and said residents in the area have been asking for Tom Gill Road to be worked on for a while.

“It’s like they say, good things come to those who wait,” Lopez said. “And the City of Peñitas has been waiting for a while. I want to thank Urban County and the commissioner for collaborating with our city and our city commissioners to make this project come to life.”

The construction on Tom Gill Road will run about five miles from Expressway 83 and 5 Mile Line. Hidalgo County Precinct 3 will provide the labor and equipment for the reconstruction, and Peñitas has allocated $500,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for the materials needed. P.R. Avila, the Assistant Director of the Hidalgo County Urban County Program, who are also involved in the project, spoke at a press conference this week.

“The cost estimate [for the first phase of the project] is approximately $150,000,” Avila said. “Then the rest of the work that the precinct is actually going to be doing with the City of Peñitas is going to be approximately another $350,000.”

Mayor Lopez said this reconstruction is greatly needed and important for the area.

“It’s something that’s needed, not only for Peñitas but also for western Hidalgo County,” Lopez said. “It’s a street that is one of the main corridors in western Hidalgo County, so it’s a benefit not only for our residents, but also for the people in the north.”

He also added that he hopes this is the beginning of a lot more projects within the city.

“There’s a lot of movement going on in Peñitas,” Lopez said. “I also want to ask the residents to be patient with these projects. These projects are for a better quality of life. I want to ask you guys to start looking for alternate routes to take in the next few weeks.”

Ramiro Loya, one of the commissioners for the City of Peñitas, said they were all very excited and happy to see this project started.

“This is something that has been promised to the citizens,” Loya said. “When you promise something, you need to deliver. And this is something we’re going to do. We’re going to deliver.”

Loya confirmed with Commissioner Flores that the citizens of the city would be enjoying Tom Gill Road in about 60 days.

“We make sure that good things happen in Peñitas, good things come to Peñitas,” Loya added. “God bless the oldest settlement in the state of Texas: Peñitas.”

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