GSA Awards Construction Contract for New Port of Entry in Columbus, New Mexico
December 23, 2016
New Port to help support Customs and Border Protection’s mission
COLUMBUS, NM -- Today the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) awarded the construction contract for the new Land Port of Entry (LPOE) in Columbus, New Mexico to Hensel Phelps Construction Co, from Austin, Texas. The new LPOE will provide the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) with facilities to help the agency fulfill its mission of keeping America’s borders safe and secure.
“GSA is pleased to announce the award of the Columbus Land Port of Entry project. The new port will enhance security along America’s border and create jobs in the local community,” said GSA Regional Administrator Sylvia Hernandez. “I am proud of the partnerships created at the federal, state and local levels during the planning phases of this project. This work will benefit the Village of Columbus and surrounding areas with needed infrastructure improvements that will support the region for years to come.”
The new port facilities will be larger and more efficient while also addressing flooding issues through site improvements to control storm water flow. The current facility was built in 1989 and was designed to accommodate visitors and a few commercial vehicles entering the United States. Since that time, the port has gained significance in agricultural trade and the number of daily crossings has increased substantially. Construction is expected to begin in January 2017, and be completed in February 2019.
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