LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Laredo Port of Entry would like to advise the traveling public of the temporary stoppage of vehicular traffic at Lincoln-Juarez Bridge the morning of Feb. 18 during the annual Washington’s Birthday Celebration Association, International Good Neighbor Council international bridge ceremony, commonly known as the Abrazo ceremony and the availability of alternate crossing locations.
“We want to remind the traveling public that CBP will make necessary adjustments to ensure safe and efficient continuity of operations and traffic flow during the temporary stoppage of Lincoln-Juarez Bridge vehicular traffic during the Abrazo ceremony by making alternate crossing locations available,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry.
On Saturday, February 18, 2017 at approximately 5 a.m., CBP, in collaboration with the City of Laredo and the government of Mexico, will temporarily halt all vehicular and commercial bus traffic at Lincoln-Juarez Bridge in order to host the annual Abrazo ceremony. Vehicular traffic is expected to resume at 9 a.m. CBP encourages the traveling public to make any and all necessary arrangements to cross prior to 5 a.m. if they are planning to utilize the Lincoln-Juarez international bridge that morning.
CBP reminds the traveling public that pedestrian processing at the Gateway to the Americas International Bridge and the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge will be available during the Abrazo ceremony. The Gateway to the Americas Bridge will have all eight pedestrian processing booths, bicycle lane and the SENTRI pedestrian booth available and the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge in collaboration with the government of Mexico will make arrangements to commence operations at 5 a.m. to accommodate vehicular and commercial bus processing.
CBP would like to remind the traveling public the importance of obtaining and utilizing their radio frequency identification documents (RFID)-equipped travel documents such as U.S. passport cards and the newer versions (i.e. since 2011) of the border crossing card and resident alien card, to utilize the Ready Lanes and for travelers to have their entry documents ready as they approach the booth to facilitate their processing.
Travelers may also monitor the wait times at Laredo international bridges and see which bridges are available by checking the border wait times at the following link: https://bwt.cbp.gov/index.html
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.