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El Paso Times: $600M in federal money aimed at modernizing, reducing air pollution at Bridge of Americas

By Julia Lucero

There will be a $600 million federal investment to try and modernize the Bridge of the Americas Land Port of Entry in El Paso, a news release from U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar read.

The money will be provided through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for site acquisition, design and construction of facilities. The law includes more than $3.4 billion to update technology, reduce wait times and decrease the carbon footprint of improve land ports of entry in the U.S, the press release stated.

"The economic prosperity of El Paso and the strength of our national supply chain relies on the trade flowing across our outdated land ports of entry," Escobar said in the news release. "Thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the much-needed modernization and expansion of the Bridge of the Americas Land Port of Entry will be fully funded."

The study proposed a 5-year-plan project with an estimated cost of just under $700 million  

"I look forward to working closely with the General Services Administration, the Department of Homeland Security, and community partners and stakeholders in our binational region to ensure this project creates good-paying jobs, promotes economic growth and development, and reduces air pollution in the borderland," Escobar said in the news release. 


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