Tornillo, Texas – TORNILLO, Texas (KRWG) Authorities plan to kick off construction of a 117-acre border crossing facility in West Texas that will help handle millions of vehicles that cross the border every year in the El Paso area.
Construction is set to begin on Wednesday at the new facility in Tornillo, located about 40 miles southeast of El Paso.
The new port of entry will join three other facilities in the El Paso area that process more than 10 million cars and 700,000 commercial trucks each year.
The six-lane crossing will replace a wooden 1920s bridge that is currently used only for cars and pedestrians. The three-phase project will be managed by the U.S. General Services Administration for U.S. Customs and Border Protection at a cost of around $100 million.
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