TORNILLO, Texas — Officials say they expect relief for the congested West Texas border crossings into Mexico by June 2013.
Construction began Wednesday for a 117-acre port of entry in Tornillo, about 40 miles southeast of El Paso. The facility will join three other area crossings that process more than 10 million cars and 700,000 commercial trucks each year.
Wait times of two hours and longer are common at border crossings in El Paso.
The six-lane crossing will replace a wooden 1920s bridge that is limited to cars and pedestrians. The $96 million project will be managed by the U.S. General Services Administration for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.