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TRUCKING & FREIGHTING
"We hope the bridge will be a better option for many people."
-Federico Diaz-Page, executive vice president
"We need to rebuild the bridge and it's
important because it's an international
bridge; one gateway that connects to
and from Mexico."
The Presidio-Ojinaga International
Bridge crosses the Rio Grande between
Presidio, Texas, and Ojinaga, Chihuahua, on the border of the United States
and Mexico, and has been out of service
for almost a decade. The first lane
caught fire in 2008 and the second lane
caught fire almost exactly one year later
in 2009. "We are certain no one is waiting for the bridge because it hasn't been
there for a long time," Diaz-Page says.
"We are doing marketing efforts on both
sides of the border to see which industries would jump onto the rail service
north and southbound."
// Texas Pacifico Transportation is owned by
Mexico City-based Grupo Mexico, the largest
mining corporation in the country.
TEXAS PACIFICO TRANSPORTATION TAKES ON THE
MONUMENTAL TASK OF REBUILDING THE PRESIDIO-OJINAGA INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE.
>TEXAS PACIFICO TRANSPORTATION
BY JANICE HOPPE-SPIERS
Transporting sand by rail to oil
wells for use in hydraulic fracturing is
more than 80 percent of Texas Pacifico
Transportation's business. To protect
itself against market downturns in the
future, the company is focused on diversifying the commodities it moves and
upgrading infrastructure to do so.
Texas Pacifico entered into a lease
agreement 15 years ago with the state
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of Texas and the Texas DOT to operate
the South Orient Rail line for 40 years
with five renewal options of 10 years
each. Facilities must be maintained
at least in the condition they were
received, including the Presidio-Ojinaga International Bridge. "For close
to 90 years, we will be responsible for
operating and maintaining the facilities
we were given by them," Executive Vice
President Federico Diaz-Page says.
Path to Reconstruction
Multiple federal, state and local authorities in both the United States and Mexico are involved in the reconstruction
of the Presidio-Ojinaga International
Bridge. "The conceptual design has been
finalized and delivered to the International Boundary and Water Commission, the United States Coast Guard,
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, etc.,
and their counterparts in Mexico for the
permitting process," Diaz-Page explains.
"Each government sector involved will
either provide an approval or generate
a requirement, which when integrated
into the conceptual project will conform
[to] the executive project meaning [it is]
ready for construction."
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Texas Pacifico Transportation Ltd.
Headquarters: San Angelo, Texas
Revenue: $30 million
Specialty: Frac sand, pipe, steel and grain
transport by rail