Rio Hondo Bridge Repairs Also Affecting Businesses in Adjacent Cities
ARROYO CITY – Businesses in Arroyo City said they're taking a hit following the temporary closure of a Rio Hondo bridge.
The bridge, a popular route to get to the fishing town, currently has drivers taking detours due to its ongoing repair project.
Ismael Yanez has been a fishing guide in Arroyo City for the past 10 years. He said in many cases his customers get lost on the many county roads.
"That bridge has become a hassle for a lot of people around here a lot of businesses,” he said. "I get calls at least 5 to 6 times a week on how to get here.”
Yanez said people usually don’t find out the bridge is closed until they drive up to it. He said it happens more to customers who aren't from the Rio Grande Valley.
He said the detour puts them off schedule.
"They are supposed to be here at 6 o'clock in the morning. They might show up at 7 o'clock in the morning because they got lost and had to reroute to get here to Arroyo City,” he said.
In some cases, Yanez said they don't show up at all.
"Actually, I had 2 customers who had to cancel on me on the regards that they couldn't find it," the instructor said.
Yanez said every customer counts in the small fishing town.
"I'm just glad that they show up sometimes because when they don't, its money out of my pocket,” he said.
The bridge is expected to open back up by the end of this year.
Anyone coming from Harlingen on 69-E, also known as U.S. Highway 77, is urged to turn on Williams Road north of San Benito. The path will take you to Rio Hondo.
Yanez said it's good to know the route beforehand to help avoid getting lost.