EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) – The Bridge of the Americas Port of Entry in south-central El Paso will receive more than $600 million for expansion and modernization projects under the infrastructure investment and employment.
U.S. Representative Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, who recently urged the Chief of the General Services Administration to give El Paso Ports of Entry “full and fair consideration,” announced Thursday that the GSA had forwarded investment plans for this gateway to Congress.
The bipartisan Infrastructure Act, which President Biden signed into law on November 15, 2021, includes more than $3.4 billion to update technology, reduce wait times and reduce the carbon footprint of outlets. land entry across the country.
“El Paso’s economic prosperity and the strength of our national supply chain rely on the commerce that passes through our antiquated land ports of entry,” Escobar said in a press release. “Through the bipartisan Infrastructure Act, the much-needed modernization and expansion of the Bridge of the Americas land port of entry will be fully funded.”
Escobar’s office said a feasibility study completed in November 2018 determined that the Bridge of the Americas, which opened in 1967, was not built for today’s national security mission. , nor for current trade and travel volumes. The feasibility study proposed a draft five-year plan with an estimated cost of $699,300,000.
Escobar said she looks forward to working closely with the GSA, Department of Homeland Security, and community partners and stakeholders in this binational region “to ensure this project creates well-paying jobs, drives growth and economic development and reduces air pollution in the border.”
The border crossing currently handles passenger vehicles, pedestrians and commercial traffic. In 2021, the bridge recorded more than 3.8 million crossings.