GSA Secures Funding for Laredo Ports of Entry Projects
January 21, 2014
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) today announced that the agency has received federal funding for construction at the Laredo Convent Avenue and Juárez-Lincoln Ports of Entry. With the passage of the Fiscal Year 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act, GSA will invest $61.6 million to construct both projects to ease traffic in the area and help the Department of Homeland Security continue to fulfill its mission.
- In 2012, the Juárez-Lincoln Port of Entry processed 38,368 buses, 989,205 bus passengers and 3,360,174 cars making it the busiest bus and the third busiest automobile port in the nation.
- The facility was originally designed to process 6-10 buses per day. Currently, the port receives more than 100 buses per day with as many as 150 on particularly busy days.
- Since 1995, bus traffic has increased 81% and bus passengers increased by 217%.
- In 2012, 3,206,372 people passed through the Convent Avenue Port of Entry making it the 5th busiest pedestrian port in the nation. The port also processed 932,847 automobiles.
- The projects will improve the amount of time and resources required to process pedestrians, automobiles, and buses while improving the safety and security for the public and Customs and Border Protection Officers, as well as the experience for all users of the port.
- The funding will allow GSA to create a more cohesive, consolidated and safe bus inspection and passenger processing area; pedestrian inspection lanes; inspection area including luggage x-ray; waiting area, restrooms, and canopy for loading and unloading buses.
- Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will also have a dedicated area at the Juárez-Lincoln Port of Entry to perform required bus inspections on a more consistent basis.
- Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission will have a permanent presence at both ports.
Congressman Henry Cuellar comments:
“With these funds, Laredo will be able to modernize the infrastructure and expand the facilities at our bridges. This means pedestrians will no longer have to wait in long lines in the heat and buses and cars will pass more quickly across the border. It will also increase the safety of our border communities and allow for better flow of trade and commerce through our ports. I would like to thank the City of Laredo as well as my colleagues Congressman Ander Crenshaw and Congressman Jose Serrano for their support of this funding. I would also like to thank General Services Administration Dan Tangherlini in particular for his continued support for this project.”
GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini weighs in:
“This funding will increase efficiency, create economic growth, and improve safety and security for both vehicular and pedestrian traffic. These are critical investments in infrastructure that will create significant savings by preventing costly emergency repairs in the future and build upon our progress.”
GSA’s Acting Regional Administrator Sylvia Hernandez says:
“GSA’s mission is to serve the government and the American People. The funding for the Laredo projects help us to accomplish both. The strong partnerships we’ve developed with the City of Laredo, Congressman Cuellar’s Office and our customer, DHS’s Customer and Border Protection, will be instrumental carrying these projects to completion.”
The mission of GSA is to deliver best value in real estate, acquisition and technology services to government and the American people. The agency delivers this commitment through six priority areas that include: delivering better value and savings; serving our partners; expanding opportunities for small businesses; creating a more sustainable government; leading with innovation; and building a stronger GSA.