Roads in Indian Hills Fixed after 13 Years

4 years 10 months 1 day ago Wednesday, August 23 2017 Aug 23, 2017 August 23, 2017 7:04 PM August 23, 2017 in News

INDIAN HILLS – A promise made 13 years ago is now a reality for those living in Indian Hills.

Hidalgo County Precinct 1 promised street upgrades in 2004, but never made good on their word until now.

Since then, two commissioners have come and gone. The work and people's frustration fell on Commissioner David Fuentes, who heads Precinct 1.

In the past, residents like Lourdes Salinas voiced their frustrations to CHANNEL 5 NEWS

"They told us they wasted the money on something else,” she said.

We’ve also reported on the now broken promises from former Precinct 1 Commissioner AC Cuellar.

Back in January, Commissioner Fuentes told CHANNEL 5 NEWS the roads would get fixed.

"We're not going to let money like this just go away,” he said.

Fuentes made good on his word. Eleven streets covering 2.5 miles are now repaired.

The repairs cost around $1.3 million. Fuentes said the money to foot the bill came from FEMA.

Maxi Torres, who has lived in Indian Hills for 30 years, said the repairs are not only long overdue, but will put money back in her pocket.

Torres said the pot-holed riddled streets forced her family to buy new tires every two to three months.

"Much better you can drive without anything, drive straight without anything,” she said.

Fuentes said before they fixed the streets, drainage needed to be addressed. He added without proper drainage, flooding would have put the streets back in their original state.

The Hidalgo County Drainage District helped Precinct 1 crews fix the issues. Repairs included widening ditches and unclogging the drainage system.

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