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Construction begins on railway bridge border project to connect Tamaulipas and Texas

Mexico City, Mexico — A new railway bridge between Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas and Laredo, Texas is being constructed. On Tuesday, the Secretary of Exterior Relations (SRE — Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores) announced its start.

In their statement, the SRE reported that the binational project will expand and streamline bilateral trade between Mexico and the United States. Once the regulatory process is completed in the three North American countries, it will be part of the first integrated rail network in the region.

On Monday, the groundbreaking ceremony was held for the construction of the second international railway bridge that will connect Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas with Laredo, Texas. The binational investment project, spearheaded by Kansas City Southern, will provide better returns, including faster and more secure customs processing.

Dignitaries participate in the start of construction of the new railway bridge.

Roberto Velasco, head of the Unit for North America, attended on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who highlighted the agile work of the work that will be essential for the first North American railway platform.

“I highlight the close work that exists between the public and private sectors to expand the border infrastructure that will boost trade and benefit the peoples of the region,” said Velasco Álvarez.

The president and CEO of Kansas City Southern, Patrick J. Ottensmeyer, said “this date marks the beginning of the construction of a new rail bridge to meet the needs of North American commerce in the future.”

The railway bridge project is estimated for completion by the second quarter of 2024.