El Paso Area a Step Closer to Seeing First Toll Road
POSTED: Monday, September 10, 2012 - 8:46pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 3:58pm
El Paso, TX — El Paso is one step closer to seeing its first toll road. On Monday, county commissioners awarded a $2.9 million bid to Medlock Commerical Contractors to build a toll plaza along the Texas/ Mexico border.
The three toll stations will be located about halfway between Fabens and Tornillo.
Toll rates have not yet been set.
County Judge Veronica Escobar says "The county doesn't have a whole lot of sources of revenue. we have property taxes. we have sales taxes and we have a few fees. the state legislature really limits the fees we are able to collect so tolls collected at the port of entry should be a good source of revenue for us in the future. it's not going to happen right away."
Escobar also expects property values in that area will rise because of the toll road.
Construction on the plaza will begin some time within the next month.