Busy US-Mexico Border Crossing Makeover
SAN DIEGO — A rerouting of tens of thousands of vehicles a day began Thursday without a hitch at the busiest crossing on the U.S.-Mexico border as part of a major expansion that aims to keep lines manageable while allowing heightened inspections for drugs, weapons and other contraband. The smooth sailing eased fears that the reconfigured lanes for Mexico-bound motorists would create epic traffic jams.
Mexican customs employees in yellow jackets waved motorists to empty inspection lanes Thursday. Mexican President Felipe Calderon, who drove through an inspection booth Wednesday night, said the $76.4-million upgrade will mean shorter waits to enter Tijuana. The new Mexico-bound lanes opened as the U.S. government is in the middle of its own $583 million expansion of the San Ysidro border crossing. A big part of the U.S. government's plans – redirecting Interstate 5 in California with a soft curve leading into Tijuana – has not been funded by Congress.
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