By Steve Guntli
Travelers using the Pacific Highway border crossing should be prepared for longer waits.
On October 19, work crews began repaving the cargo exit lane at the SR 543 border crossing.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) area port director Gregory Alvarez said the construction is standard infrastructure improvement.
“CBP is committed to maintaining the highest service standards possible,” he said. “Sometimes that requires infrastructure enhancements and construction that cause delays. CBP makes every effort to mitigate these impacts to the greatest extent possible.”
The repaving will extend from the cargo processing area through the cargo lane exit to SR 543. While the construction is underway, commercial traffic will be rerouted to passenger exit lanes, which may affect commuter arrival and departure times.
A second phase of repaving will begin after this project is completed. Chief CBP officer Renne Archer said the office does not have an estimated completion date for the project, but will make the details public as soon as they are available.