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Metropolitan Transportation Plan
What is the Metropolitan Transportation Plan?

The official intermodal transportation plan that is developed and adopted through the metropolitan transportation planning process for the metropolitan planning area, in accordance with 23 U.S.C. 134, 23 USC 135 and 49 U.S.C. 5303. 

Recent Adoption
The Brownsville MPO adopted the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) F.Y 2015-2040 on December 10, 2014. The purpose of this plan is to guide development of the Brownsville Transportation System through implementation of a prioritized list of potential transportation projects. This document is released every five years. Projects completed by the previous MTP include:
  • West Rail
  • Veteran’s International Bridge (provision of additional lanes)
  • Widening of F.M. 511 / State Highway 550
MTP Packets Are Available

Packets consist of two maps, a spreadsheet and text. The maps include the 2010-2035 Brownsville Thoroughfare Plan which lists current and proposed arterial & collectors. The second map consists of the 2015-2040 Recommended MTP / Plan Improvements. 
Stop by El Tapiz Building at: 1150 E. Adams St. 3rd Floor, Brownsville, TX to purchase a copy of the MTP Packet. Requests for MTP packets to be mailed to your address can be fulfilled for a modest fee.
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To find out more about the Metropolitan Transportation Plan click
here to download the newsletter or on the thumbnail to the left. 

 Visit the Browsville MPO web site: mpo.cob.us/



City Providing Additional Recycling Drop-Off Locations Twice Weekly

In an effort to make recycling more convenient for citizens, the City of Brownsville, through its residential solid waste contract with Republic Services, is providing a collection truck for single-stream recycling at two neighborhood drop-off locations twice weekly.

Residents may drop off their recyclables between 7 and 10 a.m. at the following locations on Mondays or Wednesdays:

Mondays
Southmost Police Substation, 2900 Southmost Road, H-E-B parking lot 

Wednesdays 
Brownsville Fire Station, 62 Alton Gloor (Hwy. 77), near Valley Regional Medical Center 

Acceptable recyclables include clean newspapers; plastics #1 and #2, the most common types of plastic containers; and empty aluminum and tin/steel cans. No Styrofoam, food wrap, liquids, glass, food waste or tissue products will be accepted.

The City operates a permanent recycling center at 308 E. Elizabeth St. Residents may drop off recyclables between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Single-stream recycling refers to a system in which all paper fibers, plastics, metals and other containers are mixed in a collection truck.

 
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Tony Martinez
State of the City Remarks 
Mayor Tony Martinez February 15, 2015
"The Future is not a Gift, but an Achievement."

It’s in our hands and we are blessed to have a city with so many talented and giving people.

For years we’ve taken pride in our geographic location. But make no mistake about it, our biggest blessing is OUR PEOPLE.

In Brownsville we build on the achievements of those who came before us … on the achievements by many in this room today … and we continue to learn that there are no limits to what we can accomplish when we work together. Brownsville has always been more than a team. We’re family...












Help Control Mosquitoes in Your Neighborhood

While we welcome the recent rain, we also dread those pesky mosquitoes. You help keep the mosquito population under control by limiting the habitat of these bothersome insects on individual properties.

Mosquitoes require water to breed. Adult mosquitoes lay eggs in stagnant or slow moving water, or on areas likely to collect water. By eliminating these water sources, new generations of mosquitoes can be stopped.

The city’s health department reminds citizens to:


  • Dump anything that holds water twice per week after rain. Birdbaths, planters, kiddie pools and animal water bowls can attract breeding mosquitoes.
  • Properly dispose of old tires, cans, bottles, jars, buckets, drums and other containers, or keep them empty of water.
  • Keep gutters clean and unclogged. Be sure your downspouts drain properly without leaving puddles in the drainage area.
  • Repair leaky pipes, outside faucets, and move air conditioner (window units) drain hoses frequently.
Mosquitoes are more active at dusk or dawn, and rest during the day, usually on tall weeds or other vegetation. Lawns will be less hospitable to mosquitoes if mowed regularly. City code enforcement officers will cite homeowners with grass higher than 18 inches.



To report a mosquito problem in your neighborhood, call 956-546-HELP (4357).



May Bike Month
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Road Construction

BROWNSVILLE ROAD AND LANE CLOSURE

Beginning Monday, April 20, 2015, the City of Brownsville will be closing Minnesota Ave. between Norton Drive and Billy Mitchell Blvd. for road improvement work. The affected portion of Minnesota Ave. will be closed for one month.

Additionally, crews will be applying a surface treatment to the following asphalt roadways and parking areas on Tuesday, April 21:
  • W. Morrison Road between W. Alton Gloor and Laredo Road
  • Laredo Road between W. Alton Gloor and Athens St.
  • Rear parking lot of Oliveira Park on El Paso Road
  • Parking lot of the Old U.S. Armory at 496 Ringgold Road.
Drivers may experience lane closures for 24 hours. While cones/barriers are in place, drivers are asked not to drive, walk, bike or skateboard on the treated areas. Residents also are asked to remove vehicles parked on the roadways. Any vehicles not moved by 8 a.m. on Tuesday, April 21, will be towed at the owner’s expense. All sprinklers must be turned off 24 hours prior to and for 24 hours after the asphalt has been treated.

For questions related to these projects, contact the City of Brownsville Help Line at 956-546-HELP (4357).



TxDot Ongoing Projects


Crews will be working on the IH 69E & Morrison Road bridge overpass and need to close the Morrison Road lanes under the bridge Monday through Wednesday (May 18-May 20) from 10 PM to 5 AM.


TxDOT’s contractor will be working in the Brownsville area on various locations in the next week (May 11-15). Seal coating will be conducted on the following roads:

FM 2519 – From SH 4 to End of State Maintenance

FM 1419 – From FM 3068 to FM 511

FM 1847 – From FM 802 to SH 48

FM 3248 – From IH 69E to FM 1847

The seal coat operations should be complete within 4 working days depending on the weather.



LANE CLOSURE ON INTERSTATE 69E (US 77/83)
Ramp work to be part of overpass expansion project

April 1, 2015 to October 16, 2015 (weather permitting) 

The Texas Department of Transportation will be closing the northbound outside lane of Interstate 69E (US 77/83) as part of the widening Morrison Rd. bridge overpass between FM 802 and FM 3248 in Brownsville, TX.  The Morrison Road exit will be closed but the Alton Gloor exit will remain open until further notice. The work for this project will consist of  removing and reconstructing the existing exit and entrance ramps just south and north of Morrison Road.



CLOSURE OF NB TURNAROUND LANE SOUTH OF MORRISON ROAD

April 10, 2015 to October 1, 2015

TxDOT will be closing the existing IH 69E northbound lane turnaround south of Morrison Road to continue the work of widening the Morrison Road bridge overpass and removing and reconstructing the existing exit and entrance ramps just south and north of Morrison Road. The traffic will be detoured to the signal on Morrison Road.





BROWNSVILLE’S NEGLECTED BIKING CULTURE GOES PUBLIC
Source Credit: peopleforbikes.org


Over the last decade—but especially in the past few years—the Texas border town has proven to residents and funders alike that its biking culture is alive and well. A series of well-attended open streets events and strategic partnerships have helped Brownsville raise millions of dollars to boost its infrastructure (including adding more than 30 miles of bike lanes in a year) and launch several community-based health initiatives. It’s even sparked local interest in someday bringing a bike share system to the city.

All this in a place known as one of the poorest and unhealthiest in the country.

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