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Construction on Mexican Screening Progam Causing Traffic

Mexico's plan to screen all cars headed south into Tijuana has not yet begun, but traffic is already backing up on San Diego freeways.

The line of traffic headed south from San Diego across the border into Tijuana in the afternoons and evenings looks more like what border crossers are used to seeing heading north, albeit on a light day. It's a parking lot. During the week it can take 40 minutes or more to get across. Friday nights are worse.

Melissa Biguet, who is with Total Traffic Network, which provides traffic reports for media outlets including KPBS says her only consistent way of knowing about southbound traffic at the border is when people call in.

"Sometimes I'll get phone calls that its slow, but I won't see it on the map. And then sometimes I'll see it on the map," says Biguet. "It's inconsistent, but I've been told it's there almost everyday."

Construction on Mexico's new southbound screening system, in particular a new range of nearly mountainous speed bumps, are to blame.

It is not clear when Mexico will start screening. Businessmen on both sides of the border are lobbying Mexican officials to hold off.

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Captain | July 30, 2009 at 1:26 p.m. ― 7 years, 8 months ago

I am retired and live in Baja. This absurdly stupid manuver of putting those speed bumps at the border will add to the already slowing flow of tourist traffic to Baja. Unfortunately those who must travel south on a daily basis will suffer the consequence of eventual damage to their vehicles, an untold amount of wasted time and the local merchants will continue to suffer from the eventual further lack of tourism. My last trip from San Diego to Baja, at 1:15 on a Thursday afternoon, resulted in a 40 minute wait to get into Mexico. During the normal afternoon traffic rush, I predict a mininum of 2.5 hours and possible 4 hour wait time when the "INSPECTIONS" start.

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RTR | July 30, 2009 at 8:07 p.m. ― 7 years, 8 months ago

Unfortunately speed bumps wont help plug the seiv that is our border. The problem now seems to be going both ways. Somehow I think the criminals will still continue unabated while law abiders are slowed.

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southoftheborder | August 7, 2009 at 3:20 p.m. ― 7 years, 7 months ago

Finally you will get a taste of what we have been experiencing for years.

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