EDINBURG – Hidalgo County Precinct No. 4 commissioner Joesph Palacios hosted a ground breaking ceremony for the new 10th Street corridor which will expand from Highway 107 to Monte Cristo Road.

A little more than two miles and half the five-lane corridor is expected to be completed in a year and half.

“This is historic for us because it is something that has been envisioned for decades,” Palacios said.

“We've had challenges along the way but we were able to acquire state and federal funding for the construction of the project.”

Although the county faced a few challenges Palacios said the project should serve as a catalyst for Edinburg and McAllen. A major challenge was an old subdivision which was planned but never saw construction of any homes. The property also had multiple owners. There was also having to make sure utilities were in place for the new artery.

By making a five-lane road with no median Palacios said it should open up for more commerce on the road.

“The ability to move more traffic,” he said. “There is a a lot of growth happening on the northern part of the [county] and we need more corridors like this.”

The majority of the corridor is in a rural area. There is a section within the Edinburg city limits. When Palacios went to the city more than seven years ago the burden was going to fall on the taxpayer to construct the road. The Hidalgo County MPO had unanimous support to attach state and federal funds.

The project proposal came $1 million under budget. Total construction has $16 million which $3 of that was acquisition of right away.

Construction crews are optimistic to complete the project between a year and a year and a half because it is new corridor so no traffic will slow down the process.

Another future project includes expanding Monte Cristo road into multiple lanes to make the flow of traffic smooth to Texas A&M University on Ware Road.