HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) is advising the traveling public that infrastructure renovations at Hidalgo International Bridge will necessitate a temporary rerouting of the SENTRI lane to lane four for approximately 30 days.
“These 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 Acting Port Director Javier Cantu, 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. Beginning in November, the repairs will include reconditioning the primary booths, which will require the temporary closure of certain vehicle lanes at Hidalgo International Bridge and the rerouting of traffic. One of the first lanes to be affected is the current Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection (SENTRI) lane, which will temporarily be moved to lane number four while the upgrades take place. The construction work will be coordinated in segments, therefore lanes one, two and three will be closed temporarily for approximately one month and simultaneously lanes on the west side will also be affected during this period. Traffic will be shifted while the work is being conducted.
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 by the start of the holiday season, which is late November.
CBP will continue to notify the traveling public of any inconveniences at the Hidalgo International Bridge and the City of McAllen Bridge Board representatives hope to make this as smooth a process as possible.
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.