A new expansion is coming to the Veterans International Bridge in Brownsville.
In the next 90 days construction will take place on the commercial truck entrance. All this in the name of trade and border security. Federal, state, and local officials gather to celebrate the expansion of the bridge.
Brad Skinner – Deputy Director CPB Laredo Field Office says, “Four more lanes are coming into the compound. The project is the fruition of a lot of work from Cameron County.”
The project has an estimated cost of about $800,000 by Cameron County. U.S. Customs and Border Protection will add a security element of around $7 million known as N.I.I. (Non-Intrusive Inspection). The goal is to quickly separate full and empty trucks.
Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño Jr. says, “It’s going to make truck traffic much more efficient. It’s going to enhance our border security using our latest technological advances.”
The road expansion is expected in the next 90 days. The inspection technology expected in the first quarter of 2019. However, this bridge is already experimenting with this inspection system.
“First in the country to pilot this type of equipment in a land border, southern border, on the Mexico environment.” Says Director Skinner.
Local officials expect this expansion would help trade and tighten security along the border.
CBP says the construction will not affect regular traffic at the bridge. Commercial lanes will remain open during the construction phases.