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Groundbreaking held for $577M San Ysidro Port of Entry project

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Groundbreaking took place Thursday on a $577 million project to modernize and expand the San Ysidro Port of Entry, the busiest international border crossing in the country.

Plans call for 62 new inspection booths, eight new lanes, a new secondary inspection area, new pedestrian processing facility and administrative offices - all with upgraded security features.

A new southbound inspection facility will be built, and lanes of Interstate 5 will be shifted to accommodate the construction.

Solar panels for electricity and hot water will be installed, along with water-efficient restroom fixtures, drought-tolerant landscaping and re-use of water, with a goal of saving 28 million gallons.

The border crossing will be rebuilt in three phases, with completion scheduled in five years.

The current 30-year-old facility handles 50,000 northbound cars and 25,000 pedestrians daily. The San Diego Association of Governments estimates that traffic will increase by 90 percent within 20 years.

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