The pedestrian lane at the San Luis Port of Entry will be expanded.
KAWC’s Stephanie Sanchez reports.
The U.S. General Services Administration selected two Arizona contractors to design, build and expand on the pedestrian processing center at the San Luis I Land Port of Entry.
Region 9 land port of entry program manager for the GSA Anthony Kleppe said the six million dollar project will add three more pedestrian inspection booths in an effort to reduce border wait times.
"The pedestrian wait time at San Luis, particularly during agriculture season can exceed an hour," Kleppe said. "This project will expand pedestrian processing capacity for U.S. Customs and Border Protection for performing its mission at the port.”
GSA officials said the proposed design aims to lower operating costs by using solar panels, high levels of insulation and natural lighting throughout the new 8,300 square foot facility.
Construction is expected to begin this summer and last about a year.
GSA officials said the seven existing pedestrian processing lanes will still be in use during the construction of the new facility.