MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Felipe Calderon has inaugurated a new border bridge linking the Mexican city of Rio Bravo with Donna, Texas.
The 300 million peso ($24 million) bridge crosses the Rio Grande, and is one of 17 spans linking Texas and Mexico's northern Tamaulipas state. Two are railway bridges.
Mexican officials expect the six-lane bridge to handle about 3,000 vehicles a day.
Calderon said Tuesday that the bridge will handle passenger cars at first, but may later handle freight traffic.
Tamaulipas state has been battered by drug-related violence, and U.S. and Mexican officials acknowledge that driving on many of the state's highways can be risky.