EL PASO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials in El Paso are advising the traveling public and members of the trade community that a construction project in the southbound lanes of the Bridge of the Americas is scheduled to begin on Sept. 29. The project includes lane excavation and construction to support the installation of bollards, speed humps and technology upgrades which includes LED signage and automated license plate readers.
“This project is being undertaken to upgrade technology and modernize and improve the flow of traffic,” said Francis Brown., acting CBP El Paso port director. “The construction is slated to occur when traffic is lightest between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Monday through Friday. Freshly poured concrete will need time to cure so there will be some lanes closures.”
Construction will impact lane availability for southbound vehicle and commercial traffic for the duration of the project. Southbound pedestrian traffic will not be effected. Southbound lane availability will be adjusted as the project progresses. At all times during the project there should be two vehicular and one commercial lane available for southbound traffic instead of the regular five lanes combined.
CBP is encouraging travelers to build extra time into their commute, especially during peak traffic periods. CBP Officials also recommend using alternate routes such as the Ysleta or the Stanton southbound locations for their trips into Juarez, Mexico. The project is scheduled to be completed by mid-November.
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.