Border cities are preparing for traffic disruptions following the November 8 withdrawal of land travel restrictions


Juárez agents to control the flow of vehicles; Government figures show that traffic to the United States is already growing

by: Julián Resendiz

Posted: October 28, 2021 / 12:01 PM EDT
Updated: October 28, 2021 / 12:01 PM EDT

Drivers line up at the Córdoba-America International Bridge in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico, while Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents in El Paso, Texas, USA, partially closed lanes, delaying the vehicle crossing on March 31, 2019. (HERIKA MARTINEZ / AFP via Getty Images)

EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) – Authorities in Juarez, Mexico, say they will monitor vehicle traffic to the United States in anticipation of a major increase following the Nov. 8 revocation of travel restrictions in the United States. land border.

This is the day that vaccinated Mexicans will be able to cross into the U.S. to make non-essential trips. Restrictions remain in effect until January 21, 2022 for unvaccinated foreign travelers by land port.

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Like its counterparts in El Paso, Juárez city officials say there is a high cumulative demand for family, business and recreational trips to the United States by Mexican visa holders who cannot cross since the restrictions began on March 2020.

This lawsuit will likely involve hours of waiting at the ports of entry in Paso del Norte, Zaragoza and Bridge of the Americas, said Arlyn Vargas, a spokeswoman for the Juarez or Vialidad Traffic Police.

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He said police will deploy officers at the three border crossings to avoid traffic links and fights as motorists try to reduce their waits by queuing.

Meanwhile, Fideicomiso de Puentes, the agency in charge of collecting the toll on the Mexican side of the Paso del Norte and Zaragoza bridges, urges motorists to have the change ready when they reach the booths to speed up bridge traffic.

International traffic increases substantially even before the so-called “border reopening,” as vaccination rates soar in El Paso-Juárez and fear of catching COVID-19 decreases among those who may cross the border.

Graph courtesy of the US Department of Transportation

U.S. Department of Transportation figures show that pedestrian and personal vehicle traffic increased by tens of thousands in August compared to July in the El Paso sector. Nearly 45,000 more vehicle passengers were found in August compared to July and an additional 30,000 pedestrians.

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In El Paso, city officials said they will try to minimize southbound traffic links to the bridges in Zaragoza, Bridge of the Americas and Stanton Street once restrictions are lifted.

The city also plans to restart its P3 program, which involves reimbursing U.S. customs and border protection for overtime from its agents in order to keep more inspection lanes open in a northerly direction.

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