San Diego - Construction work on a joint U.S. and Mexican effort to provide two additional southbound traffic lanes leading into the Mexican Customs compound adjacent to the San Ysidro port of entry has been completed on the U.S. side, officials of the U.S. General Services Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced today.
The $237,000 project involved conversion of a landscaped grassy area adjacent to the San Ysidro port on the U.S. side into an integrated roadway surface on both sides of the border. The new road surface coupled with infrastructure changes at the Mexican inbound port are designed to increase southbound vehicle processing capacity, officials said.
Construction work on the two new lanes on the U.S. side was completed on May 17 and they will be striped once work on the Mexican side is completed. The lanes will feed into four lanes at the Mexican facility and supplement six existing southbound lanes leading from Interstate 5 into the Mexican processing compound.
The project is not part of the larger $577 million San Ysidro port reconstruction initiative currently underway. That project will be completed in 2015 and will result in additional north and southbound lanes at the border.
More information on the San Ysidro port expansion project is available on the GSA Web site. (U.S. General Services Administration)
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