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Appropriation for Calexico West Land Port of Entry
February 18, 2019
CALEXICO, Calif – Imperial County officials applaud federal representatives, congressional leadership and the President for approving $191 million for the Calexico West Land Port of Entry (LPOE) reconfiguration and expansion project. The funding was finalized as part of a wide-ranging fiscal year 2019 appropriations package (H.J. Res. 31) that was signed into law February 15.
More than 25,000 pedestrians and motorists travel through the Calexico West LPOE daily from Mexico to work, shop, and conduct business in Imperial County. Renovations to the LPOE will include an expanded pedestrian processing facility, new administrative office and additional north and southbound inspection lanes. These improvements will assist in alleviating vehicular and pedestrian congestion and wait times in the downtown Calexico area.
“I am excited that we are in line to receive these much-needed funds toward the project,” said District 1 Supervisor Jesus Eduardo Escobar. “However, with a balance remaining for total completion, I am concerned about how the funds will be allocated within the project scope. The Calexico LPOE will remain a priority for Imperial County and I would encourage all valley cities and elected officials to continue advocating until this project is completed.”
Although the allocation approved today will not pay for the entire cost of the project, the Board of Supervisors are encouraged by the continued support from Federal officials, especially Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris and Congressman Juan Vargas, and are committed to securing the remaining estimated expense of $85 million for Fiscal Year 2020.
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