The Texas Department of Transportation will begin hearings on Mexican truck inspections this month to ensure road safety isn't jeopardized when U.S. highways are opened to Mexican trucks.
The estimated cost to build all eight facilities is $4 million ($3.2 million in federal funds, $800,000 in state funds). President Bush has requested $103-million to allow border states to build special inspection facilities to address the safety issue.
In a released statement, the DOT said Texas representatives also have received more appropriations to fund the new permanent stations as well as interim facilities to perform inspections during the construction phase.
Written comments may be submitted within 10 days after the hearings. Each border safety inspection facility location will have a different due date. The remainder of the meetings is as follows:
July 16: El Paso, Bridge of the Americas, Douglass Elem. School
July 23: Laredo, World Trade Bridge, Texas A&M International Univ.
July 24: Laredo, Colombia/Solidarity Bridge, Texas A&M International Univ.
All hearings begin with an open house at 6 p.m. and the public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Public hearings for the Zaragoza/Yselata International bridge (El Paso) and the Eagle Pass International Bridge have not yet been scheduled.