28 de junio de 2017

MARIPOSAS Tendra linea SENTRI y mas carriles para carga

Mariposa Port

In an effort to alleviate bottlenecked northbound traffic at the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales, U.S. and Mexican officials are working to add a SENTRI trusted-traveler vehicle lane, as well as other expansions for cargo vehicles, in Nogales, Sonora.

 An approximately $200-million expansion of the Mariposa port was completed on the U.S. side of the border in 2014, more than doubling its capacity from four commercial truck and four passenger vehicle lanes to eight truck and 12 passenger vehicle lanes. However, infrastructure south of the border leading up to the port has not kept pace, said Cuauhtemoc “Temo” Galindo, mayor of Nogales, Sonora. “We haven’t had the results we expected because the Mexican side is still very small,” he said. “Things bottleneck and there are long lines for cargo vehicles.” That’s because there are currently only three northbound vehicle lanes crossing the border from Nogales, Sonora toward the port.

The addition of a fourth lane for SENTRI traffic, U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved low-risk travelers, would help ease that problem, Galindo said. “The project is already advancing and we have identified the funding we need to build an additional lane,” he said.

 “We are just waiting on authorization from U.S. customs, because this would require some construction modifications at the entry so that they could complete the traffic flow.” Those modifications involve the hydraulically pistoned gates at the entry point to the port, said Efrain Solis, Jr., CBP’s port director in Nogales. “Those will have to get moved about about five feet each way to accommodate … four lanes,” he said. “But in moving those hydraulic gates, that’s going to take some funding because estimates range from a million and up.

So we’re trying to work with the stakeholders as to how this can get done, either through a donations acceptance program or internal funding.” “It’ll get done,” he added later, noting that CBP would use Jersey barriers or bollards to separate the SENTRI lane from other traffic. In addition to the SENTRI lane, Galindo said, he also hopes to make other improvements and expansions for cargo vehicles on the Sonoran side of the Mariposa port. 

That project is currently under consideration at the federal level, he said, and would hopefully help facilitate movement across the border and encourage truck drivers to bring their loads through Ambos Nogales. “Truck drivers have the choice to cross at other ports,” he said, noting that if the ports are backed up, they will go elsewhere, taking with them economic opportunities for the region. “We are looking to make these expansions at the port so that we will again start to attract business to bring their products through the border in Nogales.”