The Bridge of the Americas cargo lane will be shut down on Saturdays, according to a Trade Information Notice sent by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
The closure will force commercial trucks to find a different route as officers usually at the Bridge of the Americas will be shifted to other areas to assist with migrants coming into the country.
Similar moves were discussed by CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan last week during a press conference at the border.
“We’re redirecting 750 officers from key roles at our Ports of Entry,” he said at the time. “El Paso knows what those six bridges mean in that daily commerce with Mexico. We need those officers now though, to help Border Patrol agents care for migrants. CBP officers will be helping with processing, transportation, and hospital watch. There will be impacts to traffic at the border. There will be a slowdown in the processing of trade, there will be wait time increases in our pedestrian and passenger vehicle lanes.”
Carriers, importers and other interested parties were notified of the weekend closure through CBP’s Trade Information Notice after CBP met with trade community leaders on Tuesday, a CBP spokesman confirmed.
The Bridge of Americas is usually open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. The Ysleta cargo facility will remain open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.