Calexico West Land Port of Entry
GSA proposes reconfiguration and expansion of the existing Land Port of Entry (LPOE) in downtown Calexico, California. The project includes new pedestrian processing and privately owned vehicle (POV) inspection facilities, a new headhouse and new administration offices. The expanded facilities will occupy both the existing inspection compound and the site of the old commercial inspection facility.
The existing LPOE is a pedestrian and vehicle inspection facility constructed in 1974. On an average day, more than 16,000 POVs and 20,000 pedestrians enter the United States through this LPOE.
The existing facilities are undersized relative to existing traffic loads and obsolete in terms of inspection officer safety and border security. The space required for modern inspection technologies is not available. Workspace is too small to accommodate additional staff, systems, and equipment required at the facility following the events of September 11, 2001. The ability of DHS to accomplish its rapidly changing mission is seriously compromised by the inadequacy of the existing facilities. When completed, the project will provide the port operation with adequate operational space, reduced traffic congestion, and a safe environment for port employees and visitors.
The project involves creation of new pedestrian and POV inspection facilities, expanding the port onto the site of the former commercial inspection facility, whose operations moved to Calexico East in 1996. Primary POV inspection facilities will include 16 northbound lanes and five southbound lanes. There will be new administration space, a new headhouse, and 32 secondary inspection stations serving northbound and southbound traffic. A total of 340 parking spaces will be provided.
The project will be constructed in two phases. Phase 1 will consist of ten northbound POV inspection lanes, a headhouse, and sitework necessary to accommodate those facilities on the sloping site. Phase 2 will consist of the balance of the project including additional sitework, a pedestrian processing facility, administrative offices, five southbound POV inspection lanes, and six additional northbound POV inspection lanes.
To date, Congress has appropriated approximately $23.8 million for site acquisition and project design. GSA is seeking $93 million for construction of Phase 1 and $225.5 million for construction of Phase 2. The design has been completed and the project awaits Congressional funding.
The project consists of two phases. The first phase will provide additional vehicular throughput, both northbound and southbound. Ten new northbound inspection lanes and five new southbound inspection lanes will be developed. The southbound lanes developed during Phase 1 will be paved with asphalt; permanent southbound inspection facilities such as inspection islands, booths and canopy will be deferred until Phase 2. Phase 1 also includes secondary inspection areas serving the new northbound and southbound lanes, as well as a headhouse (command center) and a bridge carrying southbound traffic across the New River before entering Mexico.
Phase 2 includes construction of the remaining six northbound vehicular inspection lanes, additional secondary inspection areas, an administration building, a new pedestrian processing facility, an employee parking structure, a concrete southbound roadway (replacing Phase 1 asphalt) and permanent southbound vehicular inspection islands, booths and canopy.
Site Plan(Updated 1/27/11)
Project Manager: Jean Dakota
Site Acquisition Officer: Starrett Dinwiddle
Branch Chief: Paul Andrade
Border Specialist: Ramon Riesgo
Contracting Officer: Greg McSweeney
Property Manager: Pete Watson
Land Ports of Entry Program Director: Abdee Gharavi
Transaction Manager: Naomi Hatkin
Environmental Project Manager: Maureen Sheehan
Senior Asset Manager: Jon Ballard
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As part of GSA’s Good Neighbor Program, the Calexico West Community Representative Committee (CRC) was developed in 2007 by GSA as a means for working with the community and obtaining input on the LPOE project. Members are outside stakeholders perceived to be most affected by the development and operations of this port of entry. The CRC group meets approximately two or three times a year, or as necessary, discussing topics related to project development and associated impacts on the surrounding community and the wider region. The CRC will continue to meet throughout the design and construction phases, working together with the GSA team to address and resolve community-related project issues.
January 2011 Presentation Boards
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