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GSA Kicks Off Expansion at Santa Teresa Port of Entry

Upgrades will improve traffic flow at growing port; increase energy savings

GSA# 10804

July 7, 2011
Deborah Ruiz, 202-501-1231

SANTA TERESA, N.M. – Critical improvements to the Santa Teresa Port of Entry, including expansion of the port’s passenger vehicle and commercial inspection lanes, is getting under way today as federal officials kicked off construction at the site just 15 miles northeast of El Paso, Texas. The project is being managed by the U.S. General Services Administration for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

"With these upgrades, GSA is looking to help CBP safely manage Santa Teresa’s increased traffic and a growing international trade while also protecting our nation’s border,” said GSA Regional Administrator J.D. Salinas. “GSA’s role here is significant because this project depends upon our design and sustainability expertise to ensure we have not merely secured, but truly linked nations.”

The project will add three pedestrian lanes and one commercial lane, as well as a pedestrian sidewalk and canine inspection areas. In addition, improved lighting, additional cameras and other nonintrusive inspection equipment will be included. The expansion is slated for completion in late 2012.

“This expansion will be a huge benefit for this port of entry, and for the southern New Mexico border crossing community,” said Ana Hinojosa, CBP Director of Field of Operation in El Paso. “The volume of traffic through Santa Teresa has grown tremendously over the last few years, and these improvements will allow CBP to better process this increasing volume.”

In keeping with the federal government’s efforts to reduce consumption of energy and water, the $11.8 million design and construction project is an investment to modernize the existing port’s operations and will also include energy-saving measures such as insulated glass and photovoltaic field and LED lighting, all of which will aid in GSA’s goal of achieving gold certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program.

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