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Busy U.S.-Mexico border crossing reopens ahead of schedule

FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2014, file photo cars wait to enter the United States from Tijuana, Mexico th
The busiest border crossing in the United States reopened ahead of schedule Monday after a weekend shutdown for work on a $741-million expansion project.
(Gregory Bull / AP)

The busiest border crossing in the United States reopened ahead of schedule Monday after a weekend shutdown for work on a $741-million expansion project.

Traffic began flowing again just after midnight on southbound Interstate 5 and connecting freeways at the San Ysidro Port of Entry connecting San Diego to Tijuana, said California Department of Transportation spokeswoman Caridad Sanchez.

The crossing shut down at 3 a.m. Saturday and the closure had been scheduled to last until noon Monday.

The expansion was believed to be the largest renovation of a crossing along the nearly 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border. It has been in the works for years to ease congestion and boost cross-border commerce.

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There were no significant delays during the closure of all Mexico-bound car traffic at the San Ysidro border crossing, where about 50,000 cars and 20,000 pedestrians go back and forth on weekdays.

Motorists were directed east to the much-smaller Otay Mesa crossing.

U.S. officials repeatedly warned travelers to avoid driving to Tijuana from San Diego during the shutdown.

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