A second southbound pedestrian crossing opened Monday at the San Ysidro port of entry, promising faster entry into Mexico.
“After much advocacy from the chamber and partner organizations, we are very pleased to welcome the opening of PedWest Southbound today,” said Jerry Sanders, president and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.
The opening is expected to relieve congestion when vehicle lanes entering Mexico are reduced from five to three for two months in order to complete the ongoing, $741 million reconstruction of the port of entry.
San Ysidro is the busiest land border crossing in the Western Hemisphere, with 14 million pedestrians and 27 million vehicles crossing annually, according to Mexican estimates.
“Improving our region’s border infrastructure is a key priority for the chamber and vital to our region’s economy,” said Sanders. “The San Diego-Tijuana region continues to solidify its reputation as a model for building bridges and unifying its bi-national community.”
The Mexican Consulate in San Diego said Mexico is “committed to improving infrastructure along the border with the United States” to ensure the “smooth, safe and orderly passage for people and goods.”
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