Work at Chaparral bridge and Elevated Viaduct causes more vehicular traffic for travelers at the San Ysidro-Tijuana port of entry

Authorities think that vehicular chaos could be related to closed roads caused by construction work

During his visit to Baja California, the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador instructed more lanes to be opened and to speed up checking at the El Chaparral port of entry from San Ysidro to Tijuana.

After this presidential instruction, members of SEDENA that are part of the Tijuana Customs removed gamma ray equipment that was used to inspect but had not been used in a while. That way, they opened more spaces to speed up vehicular flow. In total, 21 lines were opened according to information shared on Wednesday, November 22 by the state government.

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However, binational traffic congestions from San Ysidro to Tijuana continue and could be related to a lack of mobility strategies when entering Mexico.

The situation has become more complicated with the development of projects at Avenida Internacional that are almost three kilometers long due to the construction of the Elevated Viaduct to Playas de Tijuana which has created more mobility problems after the El Chaparral bridge was closed.

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"There are a lot of cars that cross daily from San Diego to Tijuana, more lines were opened, and we thank the president and Customs a lot for speeding up this situation (...) however, once you cross, there is a small bottleneck, especially because the El Chaparral bridge has now been reopened. That's why we are requesting the municipality to help us by finishing this project as soon as possible," the governor of Baja California, Marina del Pilar, pointed out during this Wednesday’s morning press conference.

An estimation stated that, in 2023, around 100,000 vehicles cross daily between Tijuana and San Diego, of which 70,000 do it due to work or studies, according to an analysis by the School of Business of the University of San Diego.

"We are looking for alternatives with SIDURT, unfortunately, there is no way to expand lanes when crossing to Tijuana (...) there is no technical possibility, however, we are looking for options to speed up times, the number of vehicles is considerable, but we are still working in coordination with the federal government and Customs to speed up crossings," the state governor said.

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