Brownsville Gateway

Background

The Brownsville/Gateway Land Port of Entry (LPOE) in Brownsville, Texas consists of a main building, non-commercial primary inspection, secondary inspection and canopy, and import dock that was once used for commercial operations. Other facilities located on site include inbound commercial inspection, a kennel and kennel administration building, outbound inspection and toll plaza.

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Project Overview


Gateway LPOE is directly adjacent to downtown Brownsville, TX, bordering the City of Matamoros in the State of Tamaulipas, Mexico, and is one of the busiest pedestrian LPOEs in the Region. There are long wait times (up to 3-4 hours depending on season and time of day) for pedestrian and vehicle traffic due to choke points on-site because of the existing layout of operations. The project will make Gateway a more efficient and safer LPOE for pedestrians and vehicles crossing into the United States.

Project Benefits


The Brownsville Gateway LPOE is the busiest non-commercial LPOE in the Brownsville area. However, the port currently processes more POVs and pedestrian traffic than originally designed to accommodate. Existing facilities are significantly undersized and no longer meet the mission requirements of CBP. All major building systems are past their useful lives. The expanded facilities will provide considerable capacity for pedestrians and cross border travelers, while supporting the ability of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to ensure a safe and secure border.

El Paso Bridge of the Americas

Background

The Bridge of the Americas (BOTA) Land Port of Entry (LPOE) El Paso, TX, processes toll-free inbound and outbound commercial, non-commercial, and pedestrian traffic to and from Ciudad Juarez, in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico. As a result, the volume of traffic is heavy with many travelers and commercial vehicles choosing to enter and exit through this facility in lieu of paying a toll.

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Project Overview


The proposed modernization project will need to be phased. Prior to the first phase, an Architectural Engineering (AE) consultant will be hired to validate the feasibility program of requirements.

The project will fully modernize the facility with a new administration building, pedestrian processing lanes, headhouse, passenger vehicle lanes, kennel, and commercial vehicle inspection area. The project will help improve traffic flow and facilitate trade.

Project Benefits


Port facility has reached the end of its life cycle. Buildings and infrastructure are operating beyond capacity. Building, fire and life safety codes have changed. The BOTA LPOE is the busiest LPOE in the city of El Paso. Since this facility operates as a toll-free port of entry, an increase in truck and vehicular traffic in the last few years has created significant congestion so that the site is unable to support this increased volume of traffic.

Last Reviewed: 2022-02-24