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2 NM border crossing ports report record traffic

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SANTA TERESA, N.M. (AP) — Two border ports in New Mexico are reporting record commercial traffic.

The New Mexico Border Authority says last year the Santa Teresa Port of Entry processed more than 81,000 commercial trucks — 13 percent higher than any year on record.

Meanwhile, the Columbus Port of Entry processed in 2012 more than 10,000 commercial trucks with 18 percent more crossings than any prior year. State official say the same port also saw an 11 percent growth in pedestrian traffic.

State Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela credited the growth to the creation of the Six Mile Overweight Cargo Radius signed into law by New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez in 2011.

The rise in traffic come as Union Pacific finishes a $400 million rail hub on 2,200 acres near Santa Teresa’s crossing.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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