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House approves $216M in funding for San Ysidro Port of Entry expansion

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The U.S. House of Representatives has approved $216.82 million to fund the final phase of the San Ysidro Port of Entry Modernization and Expansion Project.

The funding is part of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2015.

The bill will move to the Senate for approval.

“Although I greatly disagree with many of the provisions within the bill, I’m pleased that its approval on the House floor brings us one step closer to fully funding this project,” said Rep. Juan Vargas, 51st Congressional District. “Completion of the San Ysidro Port of Entry project will result in more jobs, greater border safety and efficiency, and increased economic growth.”

Early this year, Congress approved $216 million for phase 2 of the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry Modernization and Expansion Project.

The $732 million project broke ground in 2011 and completion of phase 1 is expected by September.

Phase 1 includes relocating secondary operations facilities and installing temporary utilities; constructing an 806-foot-long pedestrian bridge; building an administration building and pedestrian walkway over the current primary inspection lanes; and building three 100-foot masts to extend from a 780-foot canopy that will cover lanes of traffic going into the United States.

The second and third phases involve building nine additional northbound lanes (for a total of 34 lanes), adding northbound walkways, constructing pedestrian inspection facilities with added booths, adding a new plaza adjacent to the trolley station and physically moving Interstate 5 westward.

The San Ysidro Land Port of Entry, the world’s busiest land port, serves more than 50,000 vehicles and approximately 25,000 pedestrian crossings every day.

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