BROWNSVILLE, Texas–U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Port of Brownsville is advising the traveling public that the Los Indios International Bridge currently undergoing renovations of the canopy and roofing which may affect the availability of open vehicle lanes at any one time. All vehicle lanes are expected to be available on Saturday and Sunday. CBP encourages travelers to plan ahead and avoid unnecessary delays during the renovation project.
“We would like to encourage travelers to plan ahead and arrive with sufficient time while the renovations are underway,” said Port Director Bob Parker, Brownsville Port of Entry.
CBP also encourages travelers to obtain and utilize radio-frequency identification technology (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 so that they can utilize Ready Lanes. Processing in Ready Lanes is 20 percent faster than normal lanes and provide a time savings of up to 20 seconds per vehicle. Those who have renewed their entry documents within the last 24 months already have radiofrequency identification enabled documents (RFID) and may not know it. CBP encourages travelers to obtain RFID entry documents to use Ready Lanes and enroll in trusted traveler programs.
Members of the traveling public can monitor Border Wait Times via this link or also obtain the BWT app on their smartphone via Apple App Store and Google Play (CBP BWT) so that they can observe the wait times at other crossings and make an informed decision on the bridge to use. These wait times are updated on an hourly basis. CBP reminds the public that they may utilize the Los Indios International Bridge as an alternate route to avoid heavy traffic.
Also to avoid any potential delays or fines due to travelers bringing prohibited/restricted agricultural items, CBP encourages travelers to declare all agricultural items to a CBP officer upon arrival and before making their journey to consult the Know Before You Go webpage.
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.