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Phase II of Tornillo International bridge awaits approval

By: Ruben Veloz, El Paso Times

EL PASO, Texas -- El Paso County commissioners are expected to approve more than $17 million to complete the second phase of the new Tornillo-Guadalupe International Port of Entry.

The county commissioners will meet today to discuss the financial aspects of the project, but wont move forward until they meet with the public works director.

The new port of entry will replace the Fabens port of entry in far east El Paso County.

Our media partner, the El Paso Times reports the first phase of the project has already been completed; however county commissioners still need to approve funds for the second phase of the project, which will connect Interstate 10 to the new port of entry.

This involves building a highway and a bridge over Pacific railroad lines from Alameda Road to interstate 10.

Phase II of the project is estimated to cost $17.2 million.

The new port of entry is expected to be completed by July, and fully operational at the end of the year, but thats only if Mexico can complete its side of the bridge on time.

As KFOX14 reported the bridge has suffered major setbacks after two years of delays on the Mexican side of the international bridge.

Mexican officials moved the start date of the construction to January of 2014.

Once completed, the whole U.S. side of the project will cost around $133 million.

The only thing that will keep the county judge from approving phase II of the project is if they don't get an environmental impact study back by Monday.

Well be following this story throughout the day, stay with kfox14 news at five for any developments in the story.

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