Border Crossing to Be Knocked Down

The feds reveal a $577 million plan to demolish the San Ysidro port of entry.

Thursday, Dec 17, 2009  |  Updated 2:31 PM PDT
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Traffic enters the United States at the San Ysidro border crossing earlier this month.

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Cue the wrecking ball.

Construction has started to replace the nation's busiest crossing.

The feds detailed a $577 million plan on Thursday to demolish the 30-year-old San Ysidro port of entry in San Diego for a new crossing at the same site by September 2015.

Authorities say it will sharply reduce waiting times for motorists crossing the border from Tijuana, Mexico. The 50,000 vehicles that enter San Diego daily clog Tijuana roads during delays often as long as two hours.

California-bound lanes will grow to 30 from 24, and each lane will have two inspection booths instead of one.

Construction of a new pedestrian bridge that crosses Interstate 5 begins this month and is expected to be finished by June 2011.

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