Since inception just over a decade ago, the Port Authority has been one of the principle consensus builders and implementers of strategies to advance a number of key initiatives and infrastructure projects that stand to have an impact in Ambos Nogales for generations to come. A quick review of the activities to date confirm that the Port Authority has been directly involved in helping to secure close to $330 million in projects that have been completed. Additionally, the Port Authority is working on projects that stand to bring forth more than $300 million worth of infrastructure to the community. And then there are all the other advocacy and positioning efforts that have taken place, elevating the needs of the community before decision makers at the state, regional and federal binational level.
Among the key infrastructure projects and strategic initiatives that have been completed are:
We supported efforts by the City of Nogales to address the Nogales Wash and the International Outfall Interceptor, leading a delegation to Washington, D.C. in 2010 to raise awareness of the issue with our Congressional delegation and with key federal agencies. We also arranged a meeting for the City of Nogales and the State of Arizona with the Commissioner of the International Boundary and Water Commission (February 2010), and hosted two meetings of the Good Neighbor Environmental Board in Nogales.
Our partnership with ADOT and the Federal Highways Administration, along with the Union Pacific Railroad has resulted in major improvements (Over $83 million) to the road infrastructure in Nogales, including:
Our funding for reconstruction of the Mariposa Port of Entry since inception equals $228.094 million for:
Working with the Mexican Side of Mariposa, we secured the commitment of the Peña Nieto Administration and the Minsitry of Communications and Transportation of Mexico for improvements to the Mexican side at an estimated cost $20 million, including:
As a result of our efforts, Mexico has also widened the road for approximately the last 400 meters up to the border taking Mariposa from 8 north-bound lanes (4 cargo and 4 vehicular lanes) to more than 21 north-bound lanes (8 cargo, 12 vehicular, 1 bus, in addition to dedicated pedestrian facilities) for both northbound and southbound traffic.