The CCRMA has been working with Cameron County, the City of Harlingen and Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) to install a new track connection to align the UPRR Harlingen Subdivision track at Jefferson Street directly across Commerce Street to connect to the UPRR Brownsville Subdivision.
The project will require coordination and approval by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). It is assumed that the environmental phase of the project will be classified as a Categorical Exclusion (CE). The work to be performed includes the preparation of a CE for the proposed UPRR Harlingen Subdivision Commerce Street Connection Project in Cameron County.
There is $400,000 available through an FRA Grant.
This new connection would result in the retirement of approximately 1.7 miles of the Harlingen Subdivision between U.S. 77 Sunshine Strip and Jefferson Avenue, which includes removal of seven at-grade road crossings at Adams Avenue, Washington Avenue, Lela Street, Ona Street, Orange Heights Road, Markowsky Avenue, and Commerce Street south of U.S. 77 Sunshine Strip.