The U.S. 281 Coalition held an appreciation reception honoring Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen on Dec. 15 at McAllen Country Club. TxDOT Chair Deirdre Delisi, Rep. Veronica Gonzales, D-McAllen, interim Hidalgo County Judge Rene Ramirez, as well as former Hidalgo County Judge and current General Services Administration regional administrator J.D. Salinas also attended the reception, which also included a discussion of regional transportation issues. Sen. Hinojosa and Hidalgo County’s congressional and state legislative delegations were instrumental in securing $114.5 million toward U.S. 281 upgrades during the last legislative session, according to the 281 Coalition.