LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Laredo Port of Entry is advising that effective March 8, all northbound vehicular traffic at Lincoln-Juarez Bridge will be routed through the bridge’s Eastern Canopy.
“As the Lincoln-Juarez Bridge improvement project continues to take shape, we want to advise the traveling public of this shift of vehicular traffic to the Eastern Canopy so there will be no surprises come March 8, ” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry.
As part of the second stage of a $62 million GSA port improvement project at Lincoln-Juarez Bridge, the Western Canopy will be fenced off and razed to the ground while the new vehicle and bus processing building is constructed. During this stage, which is projected to last between 15 and 18 months, northbound vehicular traffic which normally filters through the center will shift to the Eastern Canopy. Jersey barriers and fences posted just north of the primary inspection booths will guide the traffic toward the Eastern Canopy.
In anticipation of that traffic shift, CBP is actively encouraging frequent cross border travelers to obtain radiofrequency identification (RFID) technology-enabled entry documents to use Ready Lanes or to consider enrolling in the Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection (SENTRI) program, which provides a dedicated lane for the exclusive use of SENTRI members.
Ready Lanes provide expedited processing through readers that capture information from RFID-enabled entry documents such as newer versions of the laser visa, resident alien and passport cards.
Processing in Ready Lanes is 20 percent faster than normal lanes and provide a time savings of up to 20 seconds per vehicle. Those who have renewed their entry documents within the last 24 months already have RFID-enabled documents and may not know it.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.