Economic Boost for Presidio

The city got a double shot in the arm last week.

Brad Newton, executive director of the Presidio Municipal Development District, said this week that the Texas Transportation Commission has approved funding for a new, four-lane international bridge between Presidio and Ojinaga, Chihuahua.

And the Biad Chili Plant has completed the bid process on 32 acres for a $4 million chili plant.

The bridge “is no longer a projected project, it is now a funded project,” Newton said. It will widen the bridge from two lanes to four, greatly improving the throughput and decreasing delays.

Presidio County earlier planned to issue bonds to fund the bridge improvements and to charge a toll to pay off the bonds.

“That plan is now out the window,” Newton said. “What has happened was the county went through and looked at a toll,” Newton said. “The toll bridge would have put the county in debt for 30 years or so.”

The Presidio-Ojinaga bridge is the only international bridge that the state owns.

“With a change in leadership at TxDOT, the state has now put its money where its mouth is,” Newton said. “With that, there is no toll, no headaches.”

Longtime transportation department employee James Bass was named executive director in January. He succeeds Lt. Gen. Joe Weber who retired.

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