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Calexico Land Port of Entry Phase 1 modernization project begins

Calexico West Land Port of Entry Groundbreaking on Nov 12, 2015

Calexico West Land Port of Entry Groundbreaking, November 12, 2015

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate the start of Phase 1 of the Calexico West Land Port of Entry (LPOE) modernization and expansion project. More than 120 guests from both the U.S. and Mexico joined GSA, CBP, and a number of distinguished guest speakers, including federal, state and local government leaders, in celebrating the start of the long-awaited construction.

“Today’s groundbreaking celebration is a major step forward in fulfilling a significant need for both the CBP and the Calexico-Mexicali communities,” said Regional Administrator Andrew McMahon. “Over the next 24 to 30 months, you’ll see a new port infrastructure rise from the ground just west of the port’s current facility.”

The current facility’s physical infrastructure, built in 1974, is undersized relative to existing traffic loads. To increase vehicle and pedestrian capacity and support the Department of Homeland Security’s ability to execute its rapidly changing mission, GSA is reconfiguring and expanding the existing port.

“The implementation of modern technology, lane segmentation, traffic management strategies, and intelligence-driven operations maintains a secure border and promotes a steady flow of traffic; but infrastructure remains vitally important to our mission,” said Pete Flores, CBP San Diego Director of Field Operations. “This new construction in Calexico will be beneficial to our operations and to the cross-border community as a whole.”

The Phase 1 project includes the construction of privately-owned vehicle inspection facilities, new southbound lanes into Mexico, and a new head house to provide supervision and services to the non-commercial vehicle inspection area. The project will increase operational space, reduce traffic congestion, and create a safe environment for port employees and border-crossers alike.

“Federal facility investments, like the Calexico Land Port of Entry project, can have significant impacts on local communities -- from facilitating commerce to creating jobs and opportunities for small businesses,” said McMahon. “Our projects and programs have a broad reach, touching private industry, the American taxpayer and, in the case of the land ports, citizens of our neighboring countries.”

The Calexico West Land Port of Entry (LPOE) is the third busiest land port in California, with 4 million northbound vehicles and 4.8 million pedestrians crossing each year. For more information about the port, click here to view the fact sheet.

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