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Monday, January 23, 2012

NEWS - Port San Ysidro Blvd. temporarily closed


Port access to San Ysidro Blvd. temporarily closed
Closures are part of historic expansion at border crossing
Por: Alexandra Mendoza 11 Enero 2012 @ 3:33 pm

SAN YSIDRO -- Some lanes will be temporarily closed on the right side of the border crossing at least through summer, federal authorities announced.

It’s part of the remodeling and expansion project at the world’s busiest land crossing, tentatively scheduled to end in 2015.

Since the beginning the week, the lanes used by SENTRI crossers have been closed and that traffic has been diverted to lanes in the mid-section of the port. Only the far-right lane used by buses remained open.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced that users of the newly opened Ready Lane will be sent to left side of the port although motorists may continue to access it through Avenida Padre Kino and the Vía Rápida Oriente in Tijuana.

To move traffic faster, authorities have opened two inspection booths in each lane that is open, a practice that’s to continue when the remodeling ends.

Vehicle access from the port of entry to San Ysidro Boulevard has been temporarily closed, also to accommodate the construction.

And motorists who just crossed into U.S. territory cannot connect to the freeway onramp nearest the trolley stop at the end of San Ysidro Boulevard. Those motorists have to travel at least half a mile on Interstate 805 before being able to connect to that boulevard.

According to a spokeswoman for the General Services Administration, which operates the port, several lanes will be closed at a time. When they will close and how long they will remain so depends on the progress of the remodeling project.

The pedestrian lanes are not affected by this phase of the remodeling.

On Wednesday morning, about 18 lanes were open, out of a total of 24, and the wait to cross was more than an hour in the regular lanes and about 10 minutes in the SENTRI lanes.