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Laredo World Trade Bridge

"Mexico- U.S. trade increased in the 1980s and with it the traffic on the downtown Laredo Juarez-Lincoln Bridge. By the end of this decade, Texas, the City of Laredo, Mexico, the City of Nuevo Laredo and others were discussing how to accommodate this situation..."

"...The new bridge was opened April 15, 2000 and the downtown back ups disappeared and truck traffic was successfully diverted to the new bridge. "

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"From the perspective of the State of Texas, the construction of the World Trade Bridge was vitally needed from a transportation standpoint because of the congestion at the downtown Juarez-Lincoln Bridge"

Luis. A. Ramirez, P.E.
Laredo District Engineer

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Photo of Luis. A. Ramirez, P.E., Laredo District Engineer
"As the world enters into the 21st Century, the City of Laredo is poised to be one of the major players in international trade movement with the full resources of four international bridges"

Elizabeth G. "Betty" Flores,
Laredo Mayor

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"According to the U.S. Department of Transportation roughly 83.2 percent of the U.S.-Mexico trade by dollar value moves by truck and rail. In 2001, the Laredo port of entry accounted for 41.1 percent of the total value of trade ($80 billion dollars), making it one of the busiest ports of entry for overland merchandise trade in the hemisphere."

Miguel A. Conchas,
President and CEO
Laredo Chamber of Commerce

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"The World Trade Bridge was opened to traffic in April 2000. The effect this has had on economic growth seems striking."

Martin Weiss
Principal Program Official for NCPD
Federal Highway Administration

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IH 35 prior to World Trade Bridge opening, looking south. The toll booths at bridge II can be seen in the distance (red tile roof). I-35 prior to World Trade Bridge opening, looking south. Backups frequently extended up to 6 miles. The toll booths at bridge II can be seen in the distance (red tile roof)
Date: March 1999
IH 35 southbound at end of freeway (approach to bridge II)

I-35 southbound at end of freeway (approach to bridge II)
Date: September 1999

IH 35 looking northbound at southbound truck traffic. I-35 looking northbound at southbound truck traffic.
Date: September 1999
Toll booths for southbound vehicles as seen from offices looking northeast. Toll booths for southbound vehicles as seen from offices looking northeast.
Date: March 2001
Entrance to World Trade Bridge Facility from Bob Bullock Loop 20 and IH 35 looking west. Entrance to World Trade Bridge Facility from Bob Bullock Loop 20 and I-35 looking west.
Date: March 2001
Southbound entrance to toll plaza looking northeast from bridge offices. Southbound entrance to toll plaza looking northeast from bridge offices.
Date: March 2001
Southbound exit from toll plaza looking southeast from bridge offices. Southbound exit from toll plaza looking southeast from bridge offices.
Date: March 2001
Southbound entrance lanes looking northwest from bridge offices. Southbound entrance lanes looking northwest from bridge offices.
Date: March 2001
Bridge I carries all of the pedestrian traffic. Note truck using the bridge several years ago, which is no longer allowed.

Bridge I carries all of the pedestrian traffic. Note truck using the bridge which is no longer allowed.
Date: March 1994

Link to Employment Statistics for Laredo, Texas and the USA Employment Statistics for Laredo, Texas and the USA
The Laredo Project Development Timeline showing date and events in the life of the Laredo World Trade Bridge The Laredo Project Development Timeline showing date and events in the life of the Laredo World Trade Bridge
Updated: 12/03/2012
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