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September 23rd, 2022

Canopy construction at the Calexico West Port of Entry to impact vehicle traffic

Traffic Advisory

For Immediate Release

Christi Chidester
GSA Contact
415-816-8512
christina.chidester@gsa.gov
Wilson Portocarrero
CBP Contact
619-744-5251
wilson.portocarrero@cbp.dhs.gov

Canopy construction at the Calexico West Port of Entry to impact vehicle traffic

Yearlong project will include partial and continuous northbound vehicle lane closures

CALEXICO, Calif. ㅡ The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection announce the start of a 12-month construction phase to install a canopy over the northbound vehicle inspection lanes at the Calexico West Land Port of Entry (LPOE). The installation of the 395-foot-long canopy will require phased closure of northbound vehicle inspection lanes to ensure the safety of workers and the traveling public. The first phase will occur Monday, September 26, 2022 – Wednesday, October 5, 2022. Beginning at 8 p.m. Monday night, 5 lanes will be open (5 will close) Monday – Friday from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. A total of 8 lanes will be open (2 remaining closed) from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day. Saturday and Sunday operations will utilize all available vehicle lanes. 

The vehicle inspection lane closure sequence for the first phase is outlined below:

  • September 26, 2022 to September 28, 2022 - The five westernmost northbound vehicle lanes (6-10) will be closed during non-peak, nighttime hours, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Lanes 7 and 8 will remain closed continuously, including during daytime hours.

  • September 28, 2022 to September 30, 2022 - The five middle northbound vehicle lanes (3-7) will be closed during non-peak, nighttime hours, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Lanes 5 and 6 will remain closed continuously, including during daytime hours.

  • October 3, 2022 to October 5, 2022 - The four easternmost northbound vehicle lanes (1-4) will be closed during non-peak, nighttime hours, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Lanes 2 and 3 will remain closed continuously, including during daytime hours.

Calexico Traffic Closures

Additional northbound vehicle lane closures will be necessary over the next 12 months to install segments of the shade canopy while minimizing impact to port operations and ensuring the safety of the traveling public. Subsequent traffic advisories will provide details of future vehicle lane closures. This work is part of GSA’s larger reconfiguration and expansion project at the port which supports the CBP mission and will improve traveler’s border-crossing experience. 

CBP is encouraging travelers to enter through Calexico East LPOE to help alleviate traffic congestion at the Calexico West LPOE. To help minimize border wait times, Calexico’s East LPOE will open at 5 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. Monday through Friday starting September 26. Hours on Saturday and Sunday will remain as normal at Calexico East LPOE from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.  

  • SENTRI lanes at Calexico East LPOE will open at 5 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. from Monday through Friday.  Saturday and Sunday will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

  • SENTRI lanes at Calexico West LPOE remain unchanged from 4 a.m. to 12 a.m. from Monday through Friday.  Saturday and Sunday remain 4 a.m. to 2 a.m.

  • Pedestrian lanes at both Calexico’s East and West Ports of Entry will remain unaffected during this 12-month period. 

  • Southbound hours of operation at both Calexico East and West remain unchanged.

CBP anticipates higher than normal border crossing wait times during this period and advises travelers to prepare for potential delays. Border wait times can be monitored 24/7 at https://bwt.cbp.gov/.  

For more information about the Calexico West LPOE reconfiguration and expansion project, visit the Calexico West project page.