Mexican border station, adjacent to Tijuana River.
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Mexico and the United States appear to be in a race to see who can erect their new respective border ports first. Both sides have been constructing at a feverish pace.

The U.S. border station at San Ysidro has been under construction for more than a year, complicated by the fact that the old station needed to remain functioning while the new one was being built on the same site.

Mexico is building their new border entry station at a new site, butted up against the levee of the Tijuana River and some distance (approximately a quarter mile) west of the current site, which is adjacent to the U.S. border entry station and fed by traffic coming in from I-5.

The U.S., having completed a new pedestrian bridge spanning I-5, has been working on a new secondary inspection facility, resembling an elongated railroad barn, where vehicles are brought in for a thorough inspection. Construction has been ongoing for about eight months.

Construction of Mexico’s facility (on a former storage lot for imported vehicles) started some 45 days ago and is going up rapidly alongside the river. Steel support beams and concrete pillars are the most recent additions to the main building up against the eastern wall of the canal. Both countries expect to finish their projects around the end of October.

One fly remains in the ointment: how will Mexico-bound traffic be led from the U.S. into the new Mexican border crossing station? It appears that no U.S. public monies have been made available for the construction of access roads leading from I-5 to the entrance of the new Mexican border station.

An article in Tijuana’s daily Frontera offers speculation that private monies may be used for the construction of access roads on the U.S. side. Reportedly, the controversy has become somewhat of a touchy diplomatic issue.

Meanwhile, Mexican federal deputy Francisco Vega de La Madrid has assured Mexican nationals and tourists entering Mexico that the old border station will continue functioning until the kerfuffle regarding access roads is resolved.

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Cornelius June 16, 2012 @ 7:39 p.m.

They better get their minds together on this, otherwise we're going to have a deep worsening of the economic depression we've been suffering for the last years! And this is not going to hurt Tijuana only!


Javajoe25 June 17, 2012 @ 10:28 a.m.

I cannot get over this. Talk about cross-border miscommunication. Did the Mexicans really build a border crossing with no discussion with the US concerning a connecting road? Or did the US agree and then re-neg on a deal to have a road linking the crossing to I-5? What would happen if the Mexican government decides to close the current crossing station at TJ and only allow visitors to come in thru the new facility? Could make for a real mess on the local streets on the US side, assuming there are any streets that actually connect to the new crossing. This is looking like a diplomatic disaster.


bajajulio June 17, 2012 @ 8:52 p.m.

Once again US beuracrashit affects Mexico's well being.


Javajoe25 June 17, 2012 @ 9:25 p.m.

Well, we don't really know who screwed this up, do we? I don't understand why either side would proceed with construction if the other had not agreed to build what is needed to make the crossing viable. In other words, ba-duh?


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