A Brief Introduction
The Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge serves as one of the most important ports of entry for the U.S.-Mexico border. It handles both commercial and passenger operated vehicles and crosses about a hundred and seventy-five thousand vehicles a month.
The Pharr International Bridge is also the only commercial bridge crossing in Hidalgo County,and is the number two bridge in the country with respect to the crossing of fruits and vegetables.
The Pharr International Bridge connects US Hwy 281 / I-69W to the City of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, which has become a very important industrial city in northeastern Mexico, and has become the fastest growing city in Mexico.
The Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge has been in existence since 1994, and since then it has grown to be the 7th busiest port in the U.S.A, and 4th along the Southern U.S. border with Mexico.
The bridge measures at 3.2 miles long, and has the fastest commercial crossing time in the Valley. The Bridge connects U.S. 281 to the City of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, and will soon be connected to the International Trade corridor that will lead straight to the San Fernando Blvd. and in to CD. Victoria. It will also reduce travel time to San Luis Potosi by two hours. This corridor will provide a faster route for commercial traffic to get through those cities and into the United States a lot faster then before, as well as arriving at their destinations faster. The International Trade Corridor will also be a free traveled road with out any tolls to pay, and will be a great road for tourists to use when traveling in to Mexico.
The Pharr Bridge is also known as “The Intelligent Bridge,” by the people from Mexico because of its state-of-the-art technology that includes GAMA Ray inspection equipment, and programs such as Free And Secure Trade (F.A.S.T) and ACE, which are implemented by both the U.S. and Mexican side.
The Pharr International Bridge is one of the three International Bridges between Laredo and Brownsville, Texas to have the commercial F.A.S.T Lane implemented. This program allows an expedited inspection of documents and cargos, which makes the Pharr Bridge known for the shortest crossing time for commercial cargo, because of these programs and equipment.
The Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge has become known as the “Bridge with the Butterflies.” In 1998 the Butterflies were created by Allison Sky and called, “Milagros Migrando/ Migrating Miracles.” The sculptures represent the migration of butterflies every year to this area. The artist created this flock of monumental butterflies to represent the importance of having a relationship between the United States and Mexico, as well as the diverse wildlife and landscape of the Rio Grande border region. She drew her inspiration from the Monarch butterflies that migrate annually, as well as a symbolic exchange that flows back and forth over the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge.