HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) is advising the traveling public that infrastructure renovations at the Hidalgo International Bridge are still ongoing and should continue for a few more months.
“The upgrades will ultimately improve safety and efficiency at the port and while we are expecting some temporary traveler inconveniences during the construction period, we will continue to monitor the traffic patterns and make the necessary adjustments to keep the impact at a minimum,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.
Although the renovations began several months ago, most of them have been in areas that have no impact on the traveling public. Some of the repairs, which began in November and are still ongoing, include reconditioning the primary booths, which will require the temporary closure of certain vehicle lanes at the Hidalgo International Bridge and the rerouting of traffic.
The construction work has been coordinated in segments, therefore certain vehicle lanes have been closed temporarily at different times. More recently, most of the west-side lanes are closed, except for one vehicle lane and the commercial bus lane. With four of the six lanes temporarily closed on the west-side, all six lanes on the east-side are operational, including the SENTRI lane and two Ready Lanes. CBP Field Operations encourages travelers to enroll in the Trusted Traveler Program (TTP) and to obtain radio frequency identification (RFID)-enabled documents to expedite the crossing process.
The traffic lanes have been delineated and with the addition of electronic signage, travelers will be notified as to the correct usage of the available vehicle lanes. The ultimate goal is to have all traffic lanes ready and available as soon as possible, with February 2016 being the target date. Once the vehicles lanes are complete, the renovations will continue in other areas to include secondary and passport control. With all the changes and renovations, travelers should notice drastic improvements to the outdated facility which was built over three decades ago.
CBP will continue to inform the traveling public of any further developments impacting passenger traffic at the Hidalgo International Bridge. CBP, GSA and the City of McAllen Bridge Board representatives continue to work together in a coordinated fashion and thank the public in advance for their patience as we seek timely completion of this improvement project.
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.