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Why wouldn’t an international bridge be at Yarbrough? Makes perfect sense … on the Mexican side.

If you go to Google maps and search for “yarbrough el paso texas” and click satellite view and then position the map so you can see both sides of the border you’ll see a road/highway on the Mexican side within spitting distance of the Bermudez maquilaplex pointed straight at Yarbrough. If you follow the road/highway on the Mexican side south it goes to the massive maquila complexes surrounding the Juarez airport. Looks like a lack of planning and/or bi-national cooperation has allowed a situation to evolve where what makes perfect sense on the Mexican side doesn’t make so much sense for a neighborhood on the U.S. side. Any other thoughts? Here’s a story from Diario published in June and posted on the Strelz forum via a chat forum on Juarez urban issues (link):

24 Junio 2009

Juan de Dios Olivas
El Diario

Mientras que en El Paso, Texas se tienen avances más concretos para la construcción de un nuevo puente internacional propuesto sobre la avenidas Yarbrough-Francisco Villarreal Torres, e incluso se han realizado foros públicos donde los habitantes del sector donde se ubicaría han manifestado su inconformidad, en Juárez los pasos dados se limitan a un estudio de impacto ambiental solicitado por el gobierno municipal al Instituto Municipal de Investigación y Planeación (IMIP).

Which the poster translated as:

Meanwhile in El Paso, Texas, there have been more concrete advances toward the construction of a new international bridge proposed for the Yarbrough – Francisco Villareal Torres avenues, in fact, public forums have taken place where the inhabitants of the locale where it shall be installed have expressed their inconformity; in Juarez the steps taken have been limited to an environmental impact study requested by the (Juarez) city government to the Municipal Institute for Investigation and Planning (IMIP).

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

July 29, 2009 at 12:37 pm

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  1. Where have you been?

    1. The majority of the EP people dont want it

    2. The neighborhood that would be affected doesnt want it.

    3. The city cannot afford it during the recession and massive debt that it has. Nyth= free money to be used. Taxes pay for the free money.

    4. There are many closed lanes on the open bridges and we dont have enough staff for the open bridges.

    5. If a bridge was to be built, it would be because WE want it NOT Mexico. The majority of cost would be paid by us.

    6. The city council fanasty that trucks would drive only on designated streets and not take short cuts.

    7. Traffic risks to the people living in the neighborhood and disruption of their lives.Plus LOWER property values.

    8. Before building any bridges, anywhere, spend your money to fight the cartel war.


    July 29, 2009 at 2:15 pm

  2. JUAN DE DIOS MIOS PENDEJO. where have you been. we all know it makes sense on the juarez side. then why dont you tell juarez to pay for it and call it the cartel express tu pinche buey.


    July 29, 2009 at 2:36 pm

  3. This is a priliminary study. NOTHING will happen for at least TEN years. The bridge at Tornillo/Fabens has been in the planning stage at least that long. Those who propose a crossing at ASARCO should be looking at a pedestrian foot bridge since there are no roads on the Mexican side.

    Ken G

    July 29, 2009 at 9:19 pm

  4. If nothing is going to happen for at least ten yrs, isnt it a very unwise idea to spend approx half a million for a study that only a vey small group wants and we are broke plus in a recession.

    Things change a lot in ten years and the study would HAVE to redone.

    According to you, the Fabens bridge is still in planning stages, that is even more reason to not do the study. We have bridges with unused lanes and this one waiting to be built.

    Why dont we just fill in the river and forget the bridges? I suppose this a is hare brained plan to make EP, the city of many bridges and bring in the tourists.


    July 30, 2009 at 1:35 pm

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