Mexico begins construction on new international bridgeMexico begins construction on new international bridgehttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=52432014-01-16T13:08:00Z2014-01-16T00:00:00Z

EL PASO COUNTY - The so-called 'bridge to nowhere' is finally going somewhere. After a two-year delay, Mexico has begun construction on its half the Tornillo-Guadalupe International Bridge, 30 miles outside El Paso.

When complete, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said it will be one of the largest ports of entry in the U.S.

The bridge is mostly complete on the U.S side of the border. Construction on the Mexican side had been delayed (as reported in October 2012) and only began in December 2013. Mexico expects its work to be complete by end of 2014.

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 The new crossing will replace an outdated bridge built in the 1920s.

The Mexican side of the bridge has a budget of 62.6 million pesos or about $5 million which only includes the building of the bridge and the accesses to the Mexican Customs inspection facilities. The budget is less than the projected 80 million pesos, or about $6.4 million. Construction is expected to take six months to complete. The Mexican portion of the bridge will be 210 meters or about 693 feet long.

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