New bridge links Rio Bravo, Mexico to Donna, Texas

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Associated Press

Posted on December 14, 2010 at 10:02 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 15 at 1:02 AM

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.

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