Otay Mesa, Calif. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials at the Otay Mesa passenger port of entry next week will begin a five-week booth replacement project.
Starting Monday, June 4, 2012, officials will begin replacing two inspection booths per week for a total of 10 out of 13 booths being replaced. Two inspection booths at a time will be replaced over five days, with work commencing on Monday and completing on Friday.
These upgrades are needed to keep up with the ever-growing inspectional demands, and to accommodate advances in enforcement technology and system improvements.
Additional stacked booths (one traffic lane with two inspection booths) will be open during peak commuting times to alleviate congestion during the five-week project.
Travelers will not need to change their normal routine for crossing the border at Otay Mesa; they will be redirected to operating inspection booths.
Travelers can get updated information about border wait times by calling (619) 671-8999 (Otay Mesa border crossing) and (619) 690-8999 (San Ysidro border crossing).
"We appreciate the public's patience during construction while we improve the border crossing," said Frank Jaramillo, Port Director of the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa passenger ports of entry.
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.