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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Letters to the Editor - June 2009

Your articles covering the border crossings in the last couple of issues are very informative to us who like to travel to Northwest Mexico. I am sure Mexico Living cannot do anything about it, but I do wish the group of agencies which developed the new Border Crossing Master Plan, discussed in the April issue, would have recommended a new Port of Entry located just east of the Bull Ring in Playas de Tijuana. The U.S. could build a new freeway heading west from I-5 to Border Gate State Park and Mexico could extend the toll road from Ensenada straight to the border. A Port of Entry less than a mile from the Pacific Ocean would eliminate considerable traffic at the San Ysidro crossing. I would have rather have a new border crossing there than one east of Otay Mesa.
– Nick Philips

Nick, thank you for your kind words. While we couldn’t agree more that such a configuration would make sense for those of us who travel extensively beyond the border cities, the people who plan for border infrastructure have to consider many factors when deciding where and how to build new facilities. Unfortunately, the area west of the present San Ysidro crossing includes the Tijuana River Estuary and the Borderfields State Park. Both areas are considered too environ mentally sensitive to accommodate the level of impact that a border crossing would bring. However, the new crossing east of the present Otay Mesa port will be fairly close to the new bypass route that connects Rosarito Beach with Tecate. Once all of that is in place, you should be able to miss most of the Tijuana area congestion by using this route to quickly access Rosarito and points south.
Mexico Living Editor