GSA hosts ribbon cutting ceremony for major phase of construction in San Ysidro
By Javier Fernandez
California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Tijuana Mayor Jorge
Astiazaran, GSA Regional Administrator Ruth Cox, Director of CBP San Diego Field Operations
Pete Flores, Congresswoman Susan Davis, US Embassy Mexico Deputy Chief of Mission Laura
Dogu, and Consul General of Mexico in San Diego Remedios Gomez Amau cut the ceremonial
The U.S. General Services Administration’s Pacific Rim Region recently hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for Phase 1B of the $741 million San Ysidro Land Port of Entry (LPOE) modernization and realignment project. Civic leaders from both sides of the border gathered to celebrate the completion of this critical phase of construction, which included the construction of a new secondary vehicle inspection area, secured storage, and an 84,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art headhouse that acts as the port’s operational nerve center.
“This project will not only speed the processing of vehicles and eventually the processing of pedestrians,” said Regional Administrator Ruth Cox, “it also plays an important role in stimulating the local economy through job creation and the employment of small businesses.”
Cox said that more than 1,500 workers were employed in Phase 1B and small businesses were awarded 55 percent of subcontracts, exceeding GSA’s goal of 41 percent.
But for the estimated 50,000 northbound vehicles crossing from Mexico into the U.S. each day, the northbound primary vehicle inspection lane and booth improvements are arguably the most impactful component of Phase 1B. An increase of inspection booths from 24 to 46 over 25 lanes has helped to dramatically reduce northbound vehicle wait times from three to four hours to as little as 40 minutes during peak times at the world’s busiest land border crossing, which plays a key role as an economic engine for the region.
“By allowing for the free flow of goods and work across the border,” said San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, “the San Ysidro Port of Entry is a critical link for thousands of people to access jobs and opportunities in both Mexico and America.”