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 came after two years of construction that began in April 2017. The new port of entry replaces the old facility that opened in 1989. Since that time, the number of border crossers in Columbus has steadily increased and local residents welcome the expansion of New Mexico’s only 24-hour port of entry.