In a bid to foster stronger economic ties and enhance transportation infrastructure, Mexican authorities have presented a proposal for a Cross Border Corridor connecting Nuevo Leon with Texas, the US.
The proposal for the Cross-Border Corridor was presented by Marco González, Minister of Regional Agricultural Development of Nuevo Leon. Introduced at the recent Plenary Meeting of the US-Mexico Binational Group on International Bridges and Crossings, the corridor aims to unite Monterrey and Nuevo Leon with the thriving economic region called the “golden triangle” of Texas.
Composed of San Antonio, Austin, Houston and Dallas, the golden triangle of Texas represents 66.9% of Texas’ economy. If Texas were a nation, it would be the ninth largest economy in the world, highlighting the significance of this proposed corridor.
The corridor aims to create the safest highway network, which would operate 24 hours a day to form an essential logistic corridor in North America. The intended corridor will facilitate seamless trade, cargo movement and tourism between the partnering regions, significantly boosting both economies.
The corridor would be facilitated by Governor Samuel García’s Master Road Plan, which is already in the making with several ongoing infrastructural developments, including the Inserserrana Highway, the Peripheral Ring Road, the modernization of the Monterrey-Colombia Highway and the La Gloria Colombia Highway. Other works are strengthening the Border Ports of Colombia, Nuevo Leon, Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. These ports are envisioned to become the most competitive and vibrant hubs on the shared border, enhancing cross-border interactions and trade.
The primary objective of the Cross-Border Corridor is to streamline cargo and motorists, while bolstering connectivity. Furthermore, it aims to optimize the potential for international trade between the two countries, promoting economic growth and job creation for both regions.
To ensure the success of this project, collaboration efforts are in place with authorities in Laredo and Texas, as well as with the US Customs and Border Protection Office. Highways 255 and I35, critical links between Port Colombia and Laredo, will receive substantial upgrades, complemented by the enhancement of US customs facilities in Laredo, Texas.
As the Cross-Border Corridor takes shape, it will be bolstered by an array of complementary projects. Plans for constructing an airport and Multimodal Railway Station in Port Colombia are in the works, with an investment of over MX$400 million (US$23.7 million).
The project will require extensive coordination and cooperation between governments, private entities and stakeholders from Mexico and Texas to ensure the safety and security of the corridor.