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Completion of Rio Hondo Lift Bridge Now Expected for Summer

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Completion of Rio Hondo Lift Bridge Now Expected for Summer

Date of a popular lift bridge is pushed back again.

Business owners want to know why.

Channel 5's.... daisy martinez is....live in the cameron county newsroom with what she found out.

The estimated completion of the rennovations went from two weeks to -- at least two more months....business owners in rio hondo tell us they feel they're being toyed with... it's a similar sentiment amongst rio hondo business owners... sot: maria lucio owner of the pizzeria "really, i feel like they are just playing games with us" sot: selene castro co-owner of noelia's "i feel like they are just playing with us because they know we are a small town" lucio and castro were looking forward to the completion of the rennovations of the rio hondo lift bridge, in the next two weeks.

Lucio says that would've helped capitalize on boaters from the upper valley headed to arroyo city... now, that the plans have changed yet again, she says it's back to figuring out how not to shut down sot: maria lucio owner of the pizzeria "month after month, you're figuring out how to make your payments for the next month because they told you it would be finished for the next month, and that's how we've been since october" tx-dot spokesman octavio saenzs says the bridge must be safe and reliable in order for the project to be deemed complete.

He says it was deemed that additional work was needed in order for that to happen.

It will also cost $441,000 more.

Castro says they've already cut menu items and even staff to stay afloat.

She says the state didn't take into consideration the impact this rennovation would have on the locals.

Sot: "they just started building just like that, without planning - that's what i see.

They just got here and shut things down.

They didn't care."

Revenue at noelia's has declined 60 percent.

According to tx-dot, the new completion date is now set for late june or july.

Tx-dot says if there are weather delays - the completion date could be pushed back even more.

The total cost of the project is now estimated at $13 million dollars.

Live from the cameron county newsroom daisy martinez channel 5 news at




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