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Southern California Port to Reopen to Pedestrians Following Construction Accident

Release Date: 
September 14, 2011

Southern California Port to Reopen to Pedestrians Following Construction Accident

At 6:30 p.m. PDT, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will begin processing pedestrian traffic again at the San Ysidro port of entry. The pedestrian bridge that is a part of the port of entry used to cross over the highway will also be re-opened at that time.

Safety checks have been completed and the facility has been cleared to again process traffic entering the U.S.

The San Ysidro port of entry is still closed to vehicles at this time. Vehicle traffic is still required to cross at either the Otay Mesa passenger and cargo port of entry or the Tecate port of entry.

To alleviate traffic:

  • Starting at 8 p.m. and until 5 a.m., CBP will be using the cargo facility at the Otay Mesa border crossing to process general traffic and travelers.
  • CBP will also keep the Tecate port of entry open through the night and normal operating hours tomorrow. (The Tecate port of entry would normally have closed at11 p.m.)
  • The Tecate port of entry is also opening the cargo facility at their border crossing to process general traffic.

CBP officers will continue to remain vigilant to illegal activity as the inspection station reopens.


At about 10:45 a.m. PDT at the San Ysidro port of entry there was a collapse of scaffolding being used for construction.

The collapse occurred just north of the primary inspection booths in the U.S. The collapse was on the lanes on the eastern side of the port next to the pedestrian processing building. (The lanes on the right or east side of the port approaching from Mexico.)

CBP officers were processing vehicle traffic in those lanes at the time of collapse, and there were vehicles located under the collapsed area.

San Diego Fire and Rescue and others trained in rescue efforts responded to the port of entry.

Twenty-four people were assessed for injuries, including travelers and construction workers, with most treated on site. Of the 24 individuals, 11 individuals were transported to local hospitals. The remaining 13 were assessed on scene and released.

Of the 11 transported to the hospital, 4 were construction workers. One of the construction workers had injuries that were considered serious.

The safety of the structure is being reviewed. CBP officers have secured the port of entry and do not have an estimate of when the border crossing will be re-opened for vehicles.

The southbound freeway crossing into Mexico at Interstate 5 and 805 is still open.

More informatin will be provided as information is available. Local media are monitoring the situation.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017