Calexico West Land Port of Entry
The Calexico West Land Port of Entry is the main border crossing linking the important Imperial Valley agricultural industry to the State of Baja California. Built in 1974, the port’s pedestrian and vehicle inspection facility could no longer accommodate current traffic loads or meet the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s security requirements. Since 2015, the U.S. General Services Administration has led a modernization and expansion project to replace obsolete 1970s buildings with new expanded vehicle and pedestrian inspection facilities that enhance CBP’s ability to accomplish its mission. Phase 1, which was completed in Fall 2018, consisted of three southbound privately owned vehicle lanes and a southbound bridge over the New River, ten northbound privately owned vehicle inspections lanes with primary and secondary inspection canopies to include booths and inspection equipment, a new operations building, and sitework to accommodate those facilities on the sloping site. In fiscal year 2019, GSA received $191 million to fund Phase 2A of the project, leaving the final portion of the project unfunded.
In 2021, GSA received funding for Phase 2B through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to complete the project. Specifically, the BIL-funded portion includes the installation of a temporary pedestrian inspection facility. This will accommodate the demolition of the existing pedestrian building and construct an expanded, permanent pedestrian inspection facility with increased processing capacity. Once complete, the project will provide the port with adequate operational space, reduced traffic congestion, and a safe environment for port employees and visitors alike.