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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Administration seeks $216.8 million for ongoing San Ysidro port of entry expansion and $98 million for Calexico West port

       The General Services Administration said Tuesday that the Obama administration is seeking $315 million in funding for the San Ysidro and Calexico West ports of entry.

       A GSA news release said: "GSA is requesting ($216.8 million in) funding to continue expansion of the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry, the busiest land port of entry in the Western Hemisphere. Phase 2 includes the construction of a new administration and pedestrian processing building, a central holding facility, and a connection between the pedestrian and auto facilities. The historic port building and a pedestrian plaza will also be renovated."

     It also said $98 mlllion sought for the Calexico West Land Port of Entry Phase 1 "would fund new pedestrian processing and privately owned vehicle inspection facilities, a new head house to provide supervision and services to the non-commercial vehicle inspection area, new administration offices and a parking structure. The project will increase operation space, reduce traffic congestion, and create a safe environment for port employees and visitors."

    The GSA said, "On an average day, more than 11,000 privately operated vehicles and nearly 13,000 pedestrians enter the U.S. through the Calexico Land Port of Entry."

     Ruth Cox, GSA's Pacific Rim regional administrator, was quoted as saying, "These projects will help ease traffic throughout the region, promote economic growth for our entire country, and better equip the Department of Homeland Security to ensure our nation's safety."