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Mexico Begins Construction On New International Bridge

Credit: Monica Ortiz Uribe / Fronteras Desk

The Bridge of the Americas is one of the ports of entry supporting commercial and non-commercial traffic between El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.

Aired 1/14/14 on KPBS News.

The so-called 'bridge to nowhere' is finally going somewhere. After a two-year delay, Mexico has begun construction on its half of a new border crossing outside El Paso, Texas.

The so-called 'bridge to nowhere' is finally going somewhere. After a two-year delay, Mexico has begun construction on its half of a new border crossing outside El Paso, Texas. When complete, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said it will be one of the largest ports of entry in the U.S.

The Tornillo-Guadalupe International Bridge, 30 miles outside El Paso, is mostly complete on the U.S side of the border. Construction on the Mexican side only began in December. Mexican authorities blame the delay on funding shortfalls and the change of administration after the 2012 national election. Mexico expects its work to be complete by the end of the year.

On the U.S. side, the new port of entry is built on 117 acres of land and features a six-lane bridge for both commercial and non-commercial traffic. The total cost is about $133 million. The new crossing will replace an outdated bridge built in the 1920s.

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Avatar for user 'Mmikey'

Mmikey | January 14, 2014 at 7:37 a.m. ― 6 months, 2 weeks ago

same quality as the recently collapsed roadway ?

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muckapoo1 | January 14, 2014 at 8:13 a.m. ― 6 months, 2 weeks ago

We can only hope so Mikey..

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | January 14, 2014 at 10:15 a.m. ― 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Mmikey, the US is is no position to be critical about another counties infrastructure.

Ours is woefully outdated and many people don't realize the U.S. which used to be ranked number one in the world now ranks 16th and slipping lower each year.

We have wasted so much money on the unnecessary wars in Afghanistan and Iraq at the expense of letting our own nation's infrastructure crumble.

Anyone who has travelled internationally recently knows what I'm talking about.

Our airports look antiquated and dirty compared to even some rising economic 3rd world countries.

Out urban mass transit systems were once the best in the world but today look outdated old pieces of machinery.

Our bridges need retrofitting.

This is a HUGE issue, and instead of making fun of other countries we need to get on the ball and start improving out own infrastructure.

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Missionaccomplished | January 14, 2014 at 10:24 a.m. ― 6 months, 2 weeks ago

MIKEY (former troll of KFMB) and _ckkkapoo1, why not post on the Fullerton acquitted of beaten to death a homeless man???

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Missionaccomplished | January 14, 2014 at 10:24 a.m. ― 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Cops.

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