County Commissioner Eddie Cantu has been a catalyst for change in our city
HIDALGO, Texas — The Mayor of Hidalgo says Hidalgo County Commissioner Eduardo “Eddie” Cantu has been a “catalyst of change” for his city.
Mayor Sergio Coronado speaks at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Dicker Road expansion project.
Coronado recalled that in 2014 he was just starting out as city commissioner. He said that was the year he first met Cantu, who had just become county commissioner.
Coronado said Cantu said something very profound at the time.
“He said, ‘I want to make sure that every taxpayer dollar reflects accountability.’ His vision was very clear. He wanted two to make a difference by helping precinct 2 change its infrastructure through the construction of new roads, parks, drainage projects, bike paths and much more,” Coronado said of Cantu.
“As you can see today, that vision has been executed, day after day.”
Coronado listed some of the major infrastructure projects in which Cantu has been involved. They include drainage improvements, McCool Road expansion, Dicker Road expansion and an inclusive park at Valley View.
“I want to thank you for the dedication and support you have given to our community,” Coronado told Cantu. “I want you to know that you have been a catalyst for change and a great positive impact for the city of Hidalgo.”
Coronado pointed out that thousands of vehicles use Dicker Road daily. “This project will bring investments that will change the infrastructure of our community. We are very grateful to have the opportunity to work with you.
In his address, Commissioner Cantu noted that the expansion of Dicker Road has taken some time. In fact, it was on the drawing board when Cantu’s predecessor, County Commissioner Tito Palacios was in office.
“Any time you have an MPO project, a TxDOT project, it takes years and years of planning. Years and years where you never see anything. You never see the ground moving, but there is so much work behind the scenes,” Cantu explained.
Cantu said when his team got to work on the Dicker Road expansion project, the forecast was $2 million over budget.
“That would mean the commission would have to find the $2 million. Not only were we able to cut that $2 million, but we were able to build that road… it seems like it took forever, but it’s just a long process,” Cantu said.
Cantu said Dicker Road is being developed as an overweight corridor so it can handle all the truck traffic that passes over the Pharr International Bridge.
Cantu said he wanted to thank business owners along Dicker Road for their patience.
“It’s really hard to own a business on a road and then have lots of road closures while we improve the road long term.” He noted that one business owner had to close for several months as road works progressed. “I hope it brings a lot of business to his beautiful home,” Cantu said.
Cantu said he likes projects that end up getting funded like the Dicker Road expansion project did.
“Here’s the best part. Of the $17 million it cost, $15 million was paid for by others, including the federal government. Only about $2 million came from the precinct. These are the types of projects we want to build. Where we put in a little and get a lot,” Cantu said.
Another interesting feature, Cantu said, is that a few culverts have been added under Dicker Road. “They serve two purposes. A drainage and tunnel that will be part of a walking and cycling trail that will connect Hidalgo to McAllen and Pharr,” Cantu said, to applause from the audience.
“We didn’t want to come back and have to cut Dicker Road, so we built the tunnels and we’re working on the plan to bring those hiking and biking trails. We are in the development phase. »
In an exclusive interview with Guardian of the Rio Grande international news service Editor Steve Taylor, Commissioner Cantu spoke in depth about the Dicker Road expansion project.
Editor’s Note: The above podcast and news is the first in a two-part series on the work of Hidalgo County Commissioner Eduardo “Eddie” Cantu. Part two, focusing on a new inclusive park in Valley View, will be published in our next edition.
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