Big changes are going on at the San Ysidro border crossing this week. The new southbound crossing near the trolley station is finally open. This is great news for trolley riders that have needed to cross the bridge to use the existing pedestrian crossing on Camiones Way (UETA Duty Free). The new pedestrian crossing is not good news for shoppers at the stores around Plaza las Americas Outlet Stores because the existing crossing will be closed this week. A second southbound pedestrian crossing will be built in conjunction with the new El Chaparral crossing but is not expected to open until sometime during 2015.
See the story at U~T San Diego
Much has been said and quite a bit has been done at the San Ysidro border crossing, but what will it all look like when it is done is still a bit of a question.
What has happened on the US side:
New pedestrian bridge has been built and most of the old bridge has been torn down.
New secondary inspection for cars has been built and the old one has been torn down.
Ready lanes were added along Padre Kino and Via Rapida Oriente.
Planned next on the US side:
New pedestrian processing (northbound) and administration facility.
New pedestrian crossing (southbound) near the trolly station.
Realign I-5 to move .25 miles West in order to align with the new southbound crossing.
Add six northbound vehicle lanes.
What has happened on the MX side:
Built new bridges to downtown and to access roadway to Playas de Tijuana area
Widened several lanes near calles Larroque and Juventud (colonia Federal).
Planned next on the MX side:
Build southbound entry (El Chaparral) with 19 vehicle lanes
Build pedestrian plaza
Build public transportation hub (buses, taxi)
The biggest issue facing the undertaking is that most of the US projects have not yet been funded. Additionally, Mexico states the new southbound crossing, El Chaparral, will be open by November 1, 2012 (not likely). Even if El Chaparral is open during 2012, the US time line does not show redirecting I-5 for several more years. This means the existing southbound crossing will remain in place for some time to come.
Below is a map overlay that provides a view of what the new crossings may look like.
Additional news items:
Mexico moves ahead
Mexico to complete El Chaparral
Out of step
Mexico begins work