Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 - NEWS RELEASE
San Diego - Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer today praised President Barack Obama's approval of the $1.1 trillion dollar spending bill that includes fully funding the last phase of the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry expansion and reconfiguration.
The San Ysidro Port of Entry is the busiest land border crossing in the Western Hemisphere and processes an average of 50,000 northbound vehicles and 25,000 northbound pedestrians each day. The San Diego Association of Governments projects an 87 percent increase in vehicle traffic in San Ysidro by 2030, making its reconfiguration and expansion a priority for the region.
The expansion project began in 2009. Phases 1 and 3 received full funding to build a pedestrian bridge, inspection facilities and a pedestrian crossing. The so-called "cromnibus" budget, which President Obama signed yesterday, will provide $216 million in funding for Phase 2, which calls for construction of the project's administration and pedestrian building.
"The San Ysidro Port of Entry is a key driver for our local economy. The full funding of the expansion project allows the City of San Diego and our partners throughout the region to focus on making our border more efficient and effective," Mayor Kevin Faulconer said. "The shorter wait times will promote job growth and increase opportunities for binational trade. This is a huge win for our region."
Funding for the modernization of the San Ysidro Port of Entry would not have been possible without the collaboration from all stakeholders in the region including Sens. Barbara Boxer and. Dianne Feinstein, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce CEO Jerry Sanders, the County Board of Supervisors, the Regional Economic Development Corporation, and Rep. Juan Vargas along with the rest of the San Diego Congressional delegation.
"The San Ysidro Port of Entry is a vital component of the San Diego border region and the nation's economy. I am proud that we've been able to get funding approved for this much-needed and extremely important border infrastructure project," said Rep. Vargas. "Fully funding the San Ysidro Port of Entry Modernization and Expansion Project will result in more jobs, greater border safety and efficiency, and increased economic growth."
Once the project is completed, the port will have 62 northbound vehicle inspection booths, a dedicated bus lane, an inspection booth spread over 34 lanes, and improved processing facilities for busses and members of Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection (SENTRI) program. Additionally, the Interstate 5 South freeway will be expanded from five to 10 lanes.