Officials hold opening ceremony for Anzalduas bridge.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 - 8:26am

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:35am

The first and newest land port of entry on the southern U.S. border in 10 years held a opening ceremony in Reynosa, Mexico on Monday.

Dignitaries from both the U.S. and Mexico gathered on Monday afternoon south of the Anzalduas bridge to commemorate the opening of the new bridge. Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Congressman Henry Cuellar were in attendance at the ceremony as well as regional and local leaders. The collaboration from international, federal, state and local governments have made the $100 million dollar bridge project a reality.

The Anzalduas International bridge is now the closest port of entry to Monterrey and Mexico City, something authorities say will help boost industrial, commercial and retail trade in the region. The 3.2 mile long bridge is open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. to non-commercial traffic. Not only is this the first new land port of entry in 10 years and also the first LEED or government certified green land port of entry on the southern border.

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