Wednesday, September 19, 2012

November 1, San Ysidro-San Diego Border Crossing Deadline Will Cause Major Traffic Delays in Construction of New Crossings

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September 20, 2012

A major bus line that takes tourists to Baja Mexico has changed its operations today, after being in business for over 25 years, because of the impending port of entry changes on the Mexico side!

Entry into Tijuana has already begun to change, with many of the lanes into Mexico going into the new entry lanes starting before the November 1 start date.

 The November 1 start date is now being described as a drop-dead operational date, with all the new lanes into Mexico being operational at that time.

The old school drive into Mexico is going away! Significant inspections in the Republic of Mexico, at the new entry facility will bring more revenue-currency discoveries and arms seizures.

Traffic delays going into Mexico, through San Ysidro, over the next two months are being described as 'monumental'. 

The Otay Mesa commercial crossing is the best alternative, in the San Diego area.

Original Report: Baja California official says that although current crossing is to close Nov. 1, the government does have a Plan B in case projections on wait times prove to be overly optimistic

Four of the five new connecting lanes from the U.S. border to the new El Chaparral port of entry in Tijuana will be just 10 feet wide, a Baja California state official told the San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce on Thursday. The fifth lane, for bus traffic, will be 12 feet wide.
The U.S. interstate system generally uses 12-foot-wide lanes. But top infrastructure and urban development agency official Carlos López (left) said Mexican carlos lopezplanners believe the connecting lanes will work fine and will serve to slow traffic down for the trip from the end of Interstate 5 to the new crossing beginning Nov. 1. A relatively sharp 125-degree curve connecting Interstate 5 to the new lanes also will help slow traffic. (Many city street traffic lanes are only 10 feet wide; 12-foot lanes are needed for buses.)
mexican government el chaparral planAlthough the number of lanes going into Mexico from the United States is being reduced by one and the lanes will be narrower and drivers will have to negotiate the curve, Mexican planners say they believe that wait times to get into Mexico at rush hour will actually be reduced because the number of lanes will fan out to up to 22 inspection booths once traffic enters the El Chaparral facility. The current Puerta México crossing fans out to only 11 lanes.