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GSA Awards Phase 2 Contract for San Ysidro Land Port of Entry Project

Phase includes pedestrian processing facility enhancements

October 22, 2015

SAN YSIDRO, Calif. – Today, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced that it has awarded a design-build contract to Hensel Phelps (HP) Construction Company for Phase 2 of the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry Project. HP previously served as general contractor for the port’s Phase 1B project, which included the expansion of the northbound vehicle lanes and inspection booths, a secondary vehicle inspection area canopy, and construction of a new headhouse building for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and other federal inspection agencies.

Funded by the Fiscal Year 2015 Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, Phase 2 will include the construction of a new administration and pedestrian processing building, a central holding facility, and a connection between the pedestrian and auto facilities. In addition, Phase 2 will include renovation of the historic port building and construction of a pedestrian plaza. These facility enhancements will ease traffic in the area and help CBP continue to fulfill its mission.

Finally, Phase 2 will include the construction of a new multimodal transit center on Virginia Avenue to support the pedestrian facility currently in construction on the west side of the port.

“GSA is extremely excited to move forward with the next phase of our San Ysidro Land Port of Entry Renovation and Modernization project,” said Andrew McMahon, Regional Administrator for GSA’s Pacific Rim Region. “Last fall, we opened the expanded northbound vehicle lanes to ease traffic and reduce wait times traveling into the U.S. This contract will allow us to make even more infrastructure enhancements to support northbound pedestrians.”

“This is certainly great news for our region. Our city’s economy depends upon efficient ports of entry that allow people and goods to move back and forth without significant delays,” said Mayor Kevin Faulconer. “My administration has worked hard to ensure that all of our city’s transportation and infrastructure needs are met and this project takes us one step closer to that goal.”

Phase 2 - Administration and Pedestrian Improvements:

  • Construction is scheduled for completion in 2019.
  • Demolition of the existing Northbound Pedestrian Processing and Detention Building, the existing central plant, multiple buildings on East San Ysidro Blvd (specifically those known as the Payless, Milo, and old Greyhound Buildings), and a portion of East San Ysidro Blvd south of the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) trolley.
  • Construction of a new Northbound Pedestrian Processing, Administration, and Detention Center Building, a northbound pedestrian pathway and its associated canopy structure from the border to the new pedestrian processing building, two overhead employee pedestrian bridges, an electrical generator yard, and a pedestrian plaza.
  • Renovation of the existing historic Custom House building to provide a new pedestrian processing operation.

Virginia Avenue Transit Center:

  • The Virginia Avenue Transit Center is a collaborative effort that involves the federal government, Caltrans, the City of San Diego, MTS, and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG).
  • New multimodal transit center will accommodate public transportation and privately owned vehicles dropping off and picking up passengers.
  • Transit Center and Virginia Avenue improvements are conveniently located on the west side of the pedestrian bridge to connect the community to mass transit through the San Diego MTS trolley blue line and buses.
  • Construction is scheduled for completion in late spring 2016.

The San Ysidro Land Port of Entry is the busiest land border crossing in the Western Hemisphere; currently processing an average of 50,000 northbound vehicles and 25,000 northbound pedestrians per day. SANDAG projects an 87 percent increase in vehicle traffic in San Ysidro by the year 2030. To accommodate that growth and to better meet the changing needs of the tenant agencies and the traveling public, GSA is conducting a complete reconfiguration and expansion of the port.

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