U.S. Officials to Speak at Houston Conference
Houston, Tex. – U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters, U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez and Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Jackson will headline a group of international speakers during the 25th International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) World Ports Conference, being held in Houston this week. Sessions May 2 and 3 will focus on "Ports Adapting to Future Business Development Opportunities" and "Logistics Infrastructure and Port Strategies." Learn more at www.iaph2007.com.
International Bridge Number Five Discussions Continue
Laredo, Tex. – At odds about ownership for well over a decade, the City of Laredo, Webb County and TxDOT may be coming together to build International Bridge number five in the Laredo area. Webb County had already filed a presidential permit in Washington D.C. and "prevailed in a lawsuit for declaratory relief against the City. The lawsuit determined that Webb County has the legal right to build an international bridge within Laredo city limits without a permit from the city."
But the stand-off continued until this past week, when the Laredo City Council voted to form a committee to enter into discussions with Webb County for a joint partnership on the new bridge. The committee, made up of councilmen, county commissioners, city and county staff, will discuss available options and report its findings for a final decision.
Texas Department of Transportation Laredo District Engineer Mario Medina suggested forming a Regional Mobility Authority (RMA) to build the bridge as a toll facility and use revenues from the bridge for non-tolled roadway infrastructure that would support the bridge traffic.