ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A new improved port of entry in Columbus will facilitate growing cross border trade and travel in southwestern New Mexico.
The new facility expands the number of pedestrian lanes from one to three, adds a third vehicle lane for personal cars and trucks and a new lane dedicated to commercial traffic. It also has more security features, including a hazardous material containment area, a kennel for drug sniffing dogs and non-intrusive technology for inspecting vehicles and trucks.
The much anticipated ribbon cutting Thursday morning comes after two years of construction that began in April of 2017. The new port of entry replaces the old facility that opened in 1989. Since that time the number of border crossers has steadily increased, and local residents welcome the expansion of New Mexico’s only 24-hour port of entry.
“Probably 80 percent of our workforce crosses the border every day. For us, expedited border crossing is important,” said James Johnson, a Columbus farmer and partner in Carzalia Valley Produce.