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GSA to study expansion of land border port of entry in San Diego

Otay Mesa

The General Services Administration, which is planning to acquire 10 additional acres to the east of the Otay Mesa land port of entry in San Diego, CA -- and will modernize the existing car and bus inspection lanes -- has decided to acknowledge the local controversy surrounding the plans by preparing an environmental impact assessment of the overall project.

Announcements about the plans in local English-language and Spanish-language newspapers, an open house at a local hotel last July that drew 26 individuals, and correspondence from a handful of area residents, has convinced the GSA to study the environmental impacts.

“These communications suggested that there is a high degree of controversy surrounding the underwriting of local infrastructure needs associated with the project,” said the GSA in a notice of intent published in the Federal Register on March 1.

The construction plans call for the 10 existing commercial inspection lanes and 13 existing booths for “privately-operated vehicles” (POV) to be expanded to accommodate 12 commercial lanes and 24 booths to handle personal vehicles and buses.

“Built in 1984 and expanded in 1994 to accommodate new commercial facilities and southbound commercial traffic, the existing 10 commercial and 13 POV booths no longer meet the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) security standards and are incapable of adequately handling current and projected traffic volumes,” says the notice.

Further information is available from Maureen Sheehan at 253-931-7548 or [email protected].



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