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Veterans International Bridge at Los Tomates
This four-lane bridge carries commercial vehicles, passenger vehicles and pedestrians. It is 4,024 feet long, with sidewalks on both sides.
The crossing is also known locally as Los Tomates Bridge, Expressway 77 Bridge, Brownsville Expressway Bridge and Puente Internacional Ignacio Zaragoza.
The bridge began operating on April 30, 1999, and began processing all northbound commercial vehicles for the Brownsville area on May 1. On July 12 of that year, the bridge began processing southbound commercial vehicles. An agreement was made later that year between the U.S. State Department and the Mexican Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores for all southbound commercial vehicles in the area to be directed to this bridge.
Oversize/overweight vehicles with permits can travel on US 77/US 83 and State Highway (SH) 48/SH 4 between this bridge and the Port of Brownsville.
More information is available from the Cameron County website.
This bridge is located near the Gateway International Bridge, and traffic congestion is high on both. Identified needs include better signage, improvements to lanes leading to and from the port of entry and coordination with local agencies on upcoming projects within the bridge study area.
At the end of the study, improvements will be recommended based upon identified needs of the border crossings. If you would like to comment on the study, please email us.