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20130830 Sergio-Munoz-visits-Anzalduas-Bridge AF  0017MISSION—State Representative of District 36, Sergio Muñoz Jr. visited the Anzalduas International Bridge on Aug. 30 to promote the passage of House Bill 474. The bill went into effect on Sept. 1 and covers approximately 25 miles in Hidalgo County where overweight trucks bringing goods from Mexico will be allowed.

The Texas and Mexico have different weight limit regulations for trucks transporting goods. Mexico allows trucks to carry 125,000 pounds, while Texas has an 80,000 pound weight limit. Prior to the new regulation truck drivers crossing from Mexico would have to stop and separate their loads into other vehicles before crossing the border bridge Hidalgo County.

This legislation allows trucks to proceed to Texas from Mexico without having to divide loads. The bill is predicted to reduce the amount of the trucks on the road, save industries time and money and promote economic development.

“The way the legislation is structured, for every load that is coming with the increased capacity there will be a fee charged,” Muñoz said. “Part of that fee will go to administering this program and the rest of the money will be deposited for TxDOT to be used to repair and maintain the roadway within the border.”

Carriers with overweight trucks will be required to pay a permit fee of up to $80. The bill imposes a weight limit of 125,000 pounds only in the trade zone area near the bridge, while the rest of the state will continue to have a maximum weight of 80,000 pounds.

“We are going to continue to promote our assets and our strengths here within our region,” Muñoz said. “What we are doing here is not only going to impact South Texas, but we are also going to impact the rest of the state and the country.”

Muñoz, along with city officials from Pharr, Hidalgo, McAllen and Mission are hopeful the corridor will push businesses to further invest in the region due to the increased efficiencies of transporting produce and other goods.

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