El Paso, Texas — U.S. Customs and Border Protection is advising the traveling public that they may experience a short delay in their trip if they plan to use the southbound Ysleta international crossing lanes between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. Wednesday, February 12.
CBP is currently building a large canopy above the southbound lanes. Contractors will need to intermittently stop the southbound flow of traffic to safely install the structure during the early morning hours Wednesday. There will be periods of 15-20 minutes when all southbound traffic will be stopped. After those short disruptions any waiting travelers will be allowed to proceed before the cycle is repeated.
“The 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. window was selected in consultation with the city,” said CBP El Paso Port Director Hector Mancha. “Traffic is extremely light during that four hour window and any disruption will be minimal.”
The canopy is designed to provide a level of protection to CBP officers and U.S. Border Patrol agents who perform southbound inspections at the Ysleta crossing. CBP has recently installed similar southbound inspection canopies at the Presidio, Columbus and Stanton Street border crossings.
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.