San Luis, Ariz. - Today, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and City of San Luis celebrated the construction of two additional northbound lanes for privately owned vehicles traveling into the United States at the San Luis I Land Port of Entry.
"Improving the infrastructure at our land ports of entry on the United States - Mexico border is vital to the economic vibrancy of both countries," said GSA Regional Ruth Cox. "GSA worked closely with CBP and other State and Regional stakehders to make this high impact - low cost project a reality and remains committed to seeking any potential opportunities within the port for expansion and operational improvements in the short and medium term."
The 15-month expansion project transformed a landscaped median into two additional lanes, increasing the total of northbound lanes from 8 to 10 at one of the area's most congested land ports of entry. These additional lanes may increase capacity by 25 percent for those travelers entering the United States for work and personal reasons.
"This expansion will be a huge benefit for this port of entry, and for the San Luis - Sonora, Mexico border crossing community," said William K. Brooks - Acting Director of Field Operations for U.S. Customs & Border Protection. "The volume of traffic through San Luis has grown tremendously over the years, and these improvements will allow CBP to better process this increasing volume and ultimately reduce wait times."
One of the driving factors for this expansion project was the desire to complete the construction prior to the start of this year's agricultural season. The two additional lanes were officially opened on August 23 and are expected to help reduce the wait times for travelers during one of the busiest times of year.
Today's ceremony included other federal and state agency partners, including, Congressman RaulGrijalva; San Luis Mayor Jerry Sanchez; Arizona Department of Transportation Director JohnHalikowski; Executive Director of the Arizona - Mexico Commission, Margie Emmerman; and Acting Director of Field Operations for Customs and Border Protection William K. Brooks.
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.