Brownsville, Texas

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B and M Bridge
B&M Bridge



Local Names: Brownsville & Matamoros Bridge, B y M (Cruce de ferrocarril y vehículos), Puente Viejo and the Express Bridge
   
Location: TxDOT District: Pharr
Texas County: Cameron
U.S. City: Brownsville
Mexican City: Matamoros
   
Description: There are two bridges; the existing old bridge consists of a single railroad track or two commercial lanes, one in each direction. The bridge expansion consists of four lanes, two in each direction, and is used exclusively for non-commercial traffic. The southbound pedestrian walkway is located on the old bridge while the northbound pedestrian walkway is located on the new bridge expansion.
Source: Pharr District, TxDOT, November 2000

The bridge stopped processing northbound commercial traffic on April 30, 1999. Per agreement between the State Department and the Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores (SRE), southbound commercial traffic was processed only until December 30, 1999, at which time all commercial traffic began to use the Veterans International Bridge at Los Tomates.
Source: Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores, November 2000
Source: Brownsville & Matamoros Bridge Company, June 2001
   
Bridge Owner or Operator: The U.S. and Mexican sides of the bridge are owned and operated by the Brownsville & Matamoros Bridge Company, a subsidiary of the Union Pacific Railroad and the Federal Government of Mexico.
   
Year of Construction: The original bridge was constructed in 1909 and reconstructed in 1953. The $5 million bridge expansion was inaugurated on May 14, 1997.
Source: Centro S.C.T. Tamaulipas, June 2001
 
   
Hours: 24 Hours (POV only)
Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection,
http://cbp.gov/xp/cgov/toolbox/contacts/ports/tx/, 2013
   
Toll: $3.00 – Passenger vehicles (SB)
$ 1.00 – for pedestrians (NB/SB)
Source: B&M Bridge Co., June 2013
   
U.S. Permits and Mexican Approvals: U.S.: Presidential Permits were not required for bridges built before 1972.
   
Bridge Construction Status: U.S.: Construction on the bridge expansion began November 1995 and was completed on May 14, 1997.
Source: Office of Bridge Administration, U.S. Coast Guard, May 1998
   
Border Station: U.S.: The border station (LPOE B&M) was completed in 1992, and is owned by the General Services Administration.
Source: General Services Administration, May 2009

Due to the transfer of all commercial traffic to the Veteran’s International Bridge, the truck import lot and dock are now used for other inspection purposes.
Source: General Services Administration, March 2008

Mexico: The border station facility for tourist traffic was completed on May 14, 1997. The Brownsville & Matamoros Bridge Company owns all of the facilities.
Source: SEDICOT, Gobierno del Estado de Tamaulipas, July 1997
Source: B&M Bridge Co., March 2000
 
   
Connecting Roadway: U.S.: 12th Street/Sam Perl Blvd. and Mexico Blvd. interconnect US B77
Mexico: Las Americas Avenue via MEX-101.
Source: SEDICOT, Gobierno del Estado de Tamaulipas, July 1997
   
Improvements: Cameron County is constructing a new international rail crossing approximately 15 miles upstream of the existing B&M Bridge, as well as a new rail line which will connect to the existing line north of Brownsville. The intent is to move rail operations out of downtown Brownsville/Matamoros and use the existing rail right of way no longer needed for other transportation purposes. Rail construction began in November 2010, and is expected to be completed in late 2013.
Source: TxDOT International Relations Office, July 2013