SANTA TERESA, N.M.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. General Services Administration today announced the completion of the Santa Teresa, N.M. land port expansion and renovation project that expands lanes and increases efficiency.
GSA, CBP, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Chihuahua Gov. Cesar Duarte, and representatives from U.S. Sen. Thomas Udall, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony.
"These improvements will help CBP efficiently and thoroughly process the growing traffic volume at this important crossing," said David Higgerson, acting CBP Director of Field Operations in El Paso. "CBP officers at the Santa Teresa port stand ready and will continue to provide first class service at this first class facility."
Work on the $11.1 million dollar project started in the summer of 2011. The project doubled the number of primary vehicle inspections lanes, added an additional cargo lane, expanded passenger and commercial vehicle queuing, constructed a pedestrian sidewalk, enhanced CBP pedestrian and secondary inspection areas, improved security with additional cameras and non-intrusive inspection equipment and added an on-site kennel to the port.
"The expansion of the Santa Teresa Land Port of Entry is a great example of how GSA delivers better value and savings to the taxpayer," said Acting GSA Regional Administrator Sylvia Hernandez. "Through the partnerships developed during this project, we were able respond to a growing need in the Valley while making strides toward greening the federal government."
In keeping with the federal government's efforts to reduce the consumption of energy and water, the project also included energy saving measures such as insulated glass, a photovoltaic field, improved lighting and the installation of energy efficient HVAC systems.
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.