Calexico Site Is OKd for Border Crossing

U.S. and Mexican negotiators have settled on a site for a new port of entry between Calexico and Mexicali, Mexico, U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Coronado) said Thursday.

The new crossing will be built about 7 miles east of the existing, 10-lane facility, which is overwhelmed by traffic, officials said.

The plan is to move all northbound commercial traffic to the new site, which will have at least a dozen lanes, said Clifton Rogers, deputy district director in San Diego for the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.

The new crossing in Calexico will not be ready for several years, Rogers said. Funding and engineering details have yet to be made final.

Vehicular delays of an hour or more are not uncommon at Calexico, about 90 miles east of San Diego. In the most recent fiscal year, 7.7 million vehicles and 29.4 million people entered the United States through Calexico.

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