Officials plan four new lanes at Veterans International Bridge

News Center 23

POSTED: Monday, October 14, 2013 - 5:35pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 9:15am

Hardly anyone looks forward to waiting in long traffic lines. Now, CBP is planning to create four new passenger lanes at Veterans International Bridge that will decrease congestion for both passenger and commercial traffic.

"If we can get the four primary lanes for CBP, that would be huge in relieving congestion and perhaps give the public or the end user the ability to take multiple trips of the day because of the waiting times," said Cameron County administrator Pete Sepulveda

Not only do four new traffic lanes mean less waiting times for people going in and out of the country, but some CBP personnel will receive overtime for manning the lanes during peak traffic period.

"I think we're looking at seasonal periods during the year, for example the Christmas holidays, Easter Holidays when we know there's the peak times during the year when we get the bulk of the traffic, and so we want to make sure that during those periods of time, whether it's traffic vehicles or pedestrians, that CBP has the proper personnel to keep that flow of traffic going," said Sepulveda.

And these new lanes at Veterans International Bridge could also mean less traffic at other bridges here:

"Hopefully it improves waiting times at all the bridges," said Sepulveda. "There's enough traffic for all three bridges."

Reporting in Brownsville, Marty  Watson, KVEO News Center 23.

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