The first toll road for the Rio Grande Valley's Hidalgo County in the Rio Grande Valley already is looking at money problems before it's even built.
The county's Regional Mobility Authority has been told new traffic and revenue projections are 60 percent lower than initial prospects, meaning the authority is $24 million short of the financing it needs. The toll road would connect to two international bridges.
But The Monitor of McAllen reports fewer international bridge crossings and reluctance of cities to enact restrictions that would force truck traffic to the toll road have prompted the lower revenue projections.
The decline in the number of passenger cars crossing the border to and from Mexico is blamed in part on violence in Mexico.