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Progreso-Nuevo Progreso International Bridge

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International bridge marker US side of border.

Photo taken by Richard Dale in February 2010

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BH Photo #156700

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Description 

In 1928, by an Act of The United States Congress, The B&P Bridge Company was granted a permit to operate an international bridge across the Rio Grande River at a location at or near Weslaco, Texas. Upon receiving permission from Mexico, a suspension bridge was constructed connecting Rio Rico, Mexico and the United States. This bridge was located approximately two miles downstream from today's Progreso - Nuevo Progreso Bridge.

That bridge was destroyed by a Disastrous flood in 1941. With the scarcity of building materials during WWII, a hand-pulled ferry was in operation until 1946, when a pontoon bridge was constructed at the Rio Rico location. The pontoon bridge proved to be unsatisfactory and, in 1951, with Mexico's concurrence, construction of the first steel bridge was begun. The bridge was completed on July 22, 1952. The reasoning behind the move upstream was higher ground and a more appropriate bridge site.

Now there is a new bridge.

The Progreso/Nuevo Progreso International Bridge has been in operation at this location since 1952. During the first years of operation the bridge had relatively low crossings of pedestrians, automobile, and commercial traffic. When it opened, it was open 5:00 am to 12:00 pm. Toll was Southbound only. Beginning in the 70's, an increase in all three categories of crossing was seen.

The new bridge was completed in 2003 and has been an instant success. With it's broad covered walkways on each side the walk across has become a delight. Four lanes of traffic speed the flow of cars going either way. The soon to be opened truck bridge, located to the East side, will remove the heavy truck traffic and will make the crossing even more pleasurable.

Bridge traffic has been very substantial over the past decade, both Southbound and Northbound. Since 2000, about 1.25 million pedestrians cross the bridge each year. Another million cars make the Southbound crossing. Truck and tour bus traffic has also increased steadily. According to TXDOT-"The original bridge was constructed in 1951. The replacement bridges were built in phases as the old one was simultaneously demolished. The replacement bridges became operational in August 2003."

Facts 

Overview
Bridge over Rio Grande on FM 1015
Location
Progreso Lakes, Hidalgo County, Texas
Status
Open to traffic and pedestrians
History
Built 1952 , replaced 2003 by the B&P bridge company
Builder
- The B&P Bridge Co.
Design
Concrete stringer
Approximate latitude, longitude
+26.06188, -97.95023   (decimal degrees)
26°03'43" N, 97°57'01" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/605007/2882959 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Progreso
Elevation
70 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 44293 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 7, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • April 11, 2015: Updated by Royce and Bobette Haley: Changed status-edited Description
  • May 11, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "International Crossing", "Mexico"
  • March 1, 2010: Added by Richard Dale

Sources 

  • Richard Dale
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Dana and Kay Klein