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GSA Secures Funding for San Ysidro Land Port of Entry Project

January 22, 2014

SAN DIEGO – The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) today announced that the agency has received federal funding to continue expansion of the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry, the busiest land port of entry in the Western Hemisphere. With the passage of the Fiscal Year 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act, GSA will invest $226 million on the next phase of the San Ysidro construction. This next phase will realign and expand a portion of the Interstate 5 South freeway which will connect to Mexico’s inspection station El Chaparral. This will also ease traffic in the area and help the Department of Homeland Security continue to fulfill its mission.

Key Facts:

  • Busiest Land Port of Entry in Western Hemisphere
  • 50,000 northbound vehicles processed each day
  • 25,000 northbound pedestrians cross each day
  • Critical economic engine for San Diego - Tijuana region

Project Overview:

  • The San Ysidro Land Port of Entry is undergoing a complete reconfiguration and expansion project to better accommodate the growth in traffic and to meet the needs of our tenant agencies and the general public.
  • GSA has embarked on a three-phase project to improve traffic flow, safety and security at the port, and will realign and expand Interstate Highway 5 to the Mexican inspection facility El Chaparral.
  • At the project’s conclusion (Phases 1-3), the new Port of Entry will have 62 primary inspection booths for privately owned vehicles and a dedicated bus lane.
  • It will also serve as a model of the “Port of the Future," through its innovative use of sustainable materials, water and energy saving fixtures which will help reduce the port’s carbon footprint.

U. S. Senator Barbara Boxer weighs in: “I am so pleased that Chairwoman Mikulski and Ranking Member Shelby included this vital funding, which I have sought for years, to help renovate the busiest border crossing in the western hemisphere. These critical improvements will create jobs, speed the flow of commerce and improve border security.”

GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini comments: “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 Pacific Rim Regional Administrator Ruth Cox says: “GSA is making great progress on the San Ysidro modernization and expansion project to date, having completed the pedestrian bridge, southbound pedestrian crossing, and 46 of the 63 planned northbound inspection booths. This $226 million funding will allow us to construct a new southbound approach to Mexico's El Chaparral Port of Entry, thus freeing up land to construct an additional 17 northbound inspection booths. Completion of Phase 3 will enhance both the north and southbound border crossing experience for over 100K travelers entering and leaving the United States at San Ysidro each day."

For more information on the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry project, visit San Ysidro Land Port of Entry. For more information on the legislation and GSA projects, visit GSA's Newsroom.

Last Reviewed: 2017-08-13