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Pacific Rim Region celebrates major milestone at San Ysidro Land Port of Entry

By Javier Fernandez

Inaugural pedestrian bridge walk

GSA associates, CBP partners and local stake-
holders gathered for an opening ceremony
and inaugural bridge walk.
PHOTO CREDIT: Jason Darneal

GSA Pacific Rim Region celebrated the opening of the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry's new pedestrian bridge on April 15, 2011. Thirty-five GSA associates, Customs and Border Protection partners and local stakeholders gathered for an opening ceremony and inaugural bridge walk in celebration of this significant milestone. Matt Jear, GSA Regional Recovery Executive and San Ysidro Project Executive, welcomed attendees to the event and provided an overview of the project followed by comments from a Clark / Atkinson Construction Company representative. Van Tamom, Special Assistant to the GSA Regional Administrator, concluded the celebration by thanking both the congressional and community leaders for their continued support of the project.

The pedestrian bridge is part of the first phase of GSA's modernization and expansion project at the port. The 806 foot-long East-West pedestrian bridge, which spans multiple lanes of highway over Interstate 5, replaces the existing bridge and offers convenient access to multimodal forms of transportation on the east side. It facilitates pedestrian entrance into Mexico, provides northbound pedestrians a safer route to the community and increases CBP's ability to conduct their operations in a secure and efficient manner.

GSA's three-phase modernization project is designed not only to improve traffic flow, safety and security at the port, it also strives to incorporate green principals and energy efficiencies. In fact all three phases are targeted to achieve LEED® Platinum through energy efficiency, water conservation strategies and an integrated design process.

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