Hidalgo Co. Residents Hope New Commissioner Fulfills 13-Year-Old Promise

5 years 10 months 1 week ago Wednesday, January 18 2017 Jan 18, 2017 January 18, 2017 10:26 PM January 18, 2017 in News

INDIAN HILLS – A Hidalgo County resident said she’s looking forward better roads in her small town.

Newly-elected Hidalgo County Precinct 1 Commissioner David Fuentes is overseeing the repair of several streets in Indian Hills.

Indian Hills resident Lourdes Salinas said a former commissioner promised residents there were funds available to fix roads in 2004.

“We had the monies and everything, and they used it for something else. And that was our concern, ‘Is it going to happen since we are going to have a new commissioner?’” she said.

She said the disappointment left her neighbors without hope. A CHANNEL 5 NEWS crew saw cars zigzagging to avoid a rutty country road filled with potholes.

The last commissioner, A.C. Cuellar, took office in 2010. He was able to secure money from FEMA after announcing plans to get the roads fixed.

As a result, Fuentes said nearly $1.3 million of federal money will be put towards the new roads.

“They are going to see improvement. There’s no question about that. We’re not going to let money like this just go away,” he said. “This is money that the government has insisted in improving roadways, we’re doing our part to help create the infrastructure to make these roadways last.”

Fuentes said the whole project is expected to be done by the end of the summer. 

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